Toyota motors to fund United Way pre-k programs across Kentucky

Published: Jun. 27, 2016 at 3:44 PM EDT
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Toyota Manufacturing officials made a big announcement in Georgetown Monday morning but it had nothing to do with cars.

"Early childhood education was one of those areas that just wasn't quite getting enough attention," Toyota Motor Manufacturing president Wil James said.

With help from the State of Kentucky, the car manufacturer is funding 63 brand new United Way Born Learning Academies across the state. The six month program is designed to help kindergarten aged students prepare for school.

When the 2015-2016 school year began, there were approximately 90 programs available to students across the state. For the 2016-2017 school year, there will be 161 programs available across the state.

Tonya Cutwright of Lexington has put her three girls through the Born Learning program.

"This program teaches children skills in the classroom and it also teaches the parents skills to take home and teach the children in everyday situations," Cutwright said.

Registration for the 2016 Born Learning Academies across the state are open and are free to attend.

"I see it being in every county in Kentucky eventually and I hope that it does because I think everyone would benefit from this type of program," Cutwright said.

According to the Kentucky Department of Education, 50% of all children in Kentucky are not prepared for kindergarten.