Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
After three years of work in Westbury to improve school readiness, The Early Years Institute (EYI) has raised funds to support innovative organizations that help young children and their families get set up for school success. The Westbury Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund, funded in its inaugural year by the Rauch Foundation, is being created to help improve early learning opportunities for Westbury children up to age five. Grants will go to services that focus on improving child outcomes in key areas of school readiness: physical health and well-being, emotional maturity, social competence, language and cognitive development and/or communications skills and general knowledge.
The Ready, Set, Achieve! Fund will be co-chaired by Frank Frisone and Michelle Cacioppo from the Westbury/Carle Place Chamber of Commerce, and Marjorie Giordani from the New Cassel Business Association. An informational meeting on Monday, September 16 at 4:30 p.m. at the “Yes We Can” Community Center, at 141 Garden Street, will cover details and eligibility requirements. Applicants must be in operation for at least two years and in good financial standing. In addition, programs must be one of the following: nonprofit group; licensed/registered child care provider; religious organization; health organization; or schools serving preschoolers.