Clayton Early Learning Awarded $150,000 to Improve Early Education Statewide

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CONTACT: CHARLOTTE M. BRANTLEY, PRESIDENT & CEO
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CLAYTON EARLY LEARNING AWARDED THREE GRANTS; $150,000 PLEDGED TO IMPROVE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN COLORADO

DENVER – August 20, 2012 - Clayton Early Learning announces that it is the recipient of three separate grants to help further its mission of advancing early childhood education in Colorado.  Clayton was awarded one grant for $25,000 by Mile High United Way and two separate grants totaling nearly $125,000 by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.

“We are thrilled that the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and Mile High United Way are committed to continuing their investment in early childhood education,” stated Charlotte Brantley, president and CEO of Clayton Early Learning.  “There is a real need to improve access and quality of education for the critical prenatal to age 5 period.  We won’t be satisfied until each and every child in Colorado enters kindergarten ready for success.”

A $99,649 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation will support the ongoing leadership development of the alumni of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program by establishing an alumni network.  The Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program is a graduate level certificate program offered through Clayton Early Learning in partnership with a local university.  To date, 100 individuals from around the state have participated in the program, building the leadership capacity and quality in the Colorado early childhood sector.    

The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation also awarded a $25,000 grant to Clayton Early Learning to develop a Family, Friend and Neighbor Network to support school readiness for all children statewide.  Family, Friend and Neighbor refers to the network of relatives, close friends, and neighbors who are involved with parents in the care and education of their young children.

Mile High United Way awarded $25,000 in Quality Improvement Funding to Clayton Early Learning for the 2012-13 school year.  The funding will help support the expansion of the Clayton Early Learning model to a second location at the Evie Garrett Dennis Campus in Green Valley Ranch, which is slated to open in January 2013 making high quality early childhood education available to nearly 120 children ages 0-5 in the rapidly-growing far Northeast quadrant of Denver. 

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning is Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing and improving early education during the critical prenatal-to-5 period.  The non-profit organization, which includes an onsite Educare School, harnesses the synergy of research, practice and training to close learning gaps for the children who need it most.  Through its public and private partnerships, Clayton Early Learning drives system change throughout the state championing the fact that quality early education can and does change lives.   For more information visit www.claytonearlylearning.org.

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