Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right), joins Save the Children’s Senior Vice President Mark Shriver to visit a Whitley County family in Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program. Also pictured, Save the Children home visitor Martha Paul who works with the family: Holly and Chris and their daughter Lelia, 20 months old.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined Save the Children senior VP Mark Shriver to meet with families benefitting from early learning programs in rural Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 1.
Duncan and Shriver visited the home of a Whitley County family in Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program, which includes a home visiting program for families with children ages 0-3.
They then joined local and state leaders for an early learning town hall at Pleasant View Elementary School in Williamsburg.
“What’s happening right here in Whitley County can serve as a national model for expanding access to early education for all children,” said Mark Shriver, Save the Children’s senior VP for Strategic Initiative.
Save the Children serves 12,500 children in Kentucky with a focus on developing literacy and the skills to succeed in school and life.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (with mic) at an early learning town hall at Pleasant View Elementary School In Williamsburg, KY. He is flanked by Save the Children Senior Vice President Mark Shriver (left) and Senator Robert Stivers (R-25), President of the Kentucky State Senate (right)
Most children in the agency’s programs live in rural poverty and face other significant challenges including family unemployment and isolation from services and transportation.
Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program works with families on reading to their children from the very beginning of life, introducing them to activities that will bolster their children’s development, and connecting them to local preschool opportunities.
More information at www.savethechildren.org/early