Story last updated at 9/9/2009 - 11:37 am
HOONAH - Hoonah City Schools has joined forces with Best Beginnings of Alaska to help young children succeed.
The Hoonah City Schools Coalition for Kids: A Best Beginnings Partnership is one of nine recipients in Alaska to receive funding from Best Beginnings, a statewide public-private partnership that works together to ensure all children begin school ready to succeed.
The Partnership consists of Hoonah City Schools, Hoonah Head Start, City of Hoonah, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Parents as Teachers and Hoonah City Youth Center.
Best Beginnings provided these grants knowing that local communities are best positioned to design solutions to serve young children, because they understand the individual economic, geographic, and cultural differences in their community.
"We are very excited about the partnership," said Steve Pine Superintendent of Hoonah City Schools and Chair of Hoonah's Coalition for Kids. "It will bring together the critical components of our community supporting young children and their families, committing to high quality services and coordinating efforts. When we work together resources are used effectively and every child wins."
Extensive research shows investments made in young children increase the chance of their success in school and in life. One of to success in Alaska's schools is the lack of an overarching structure or coordination among the various entities that touch on early childhood.
For older children, the K-12 school system provides that structure. However, there is no comparable structure to coordinate resources and services for early childhood. The grant provided by Best Beginnings to Hoonah City School's Coalition for Kids will help Partnerships work together more effectively, make better use of resources, and provide better services to their youngest citizens.
To learn more about Hoonah City School's Coalition for Kids, please contact Steve Pine at 1-907-945-3702 or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org