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Federal Funds Help Expand KITS Program In Lane County

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A program that offers Lane County children tools to prepare for kindergarten has received federal money to expand to more school districts. The funds will total $3 million over three years.

United Way of Lane County received the first check for $1 million this week. As part of the grant requirements, the agency must raise matching dollars from local funders.
Katherine Pears Directs Kids in Transition to School or KITS.  She says school foundations applied for grant funding.
Pears: “We’re going from basically having served about 6 school districts in the country to now 13 which is going to double it and probably close to triple the number of children who’ll be able to get the program.”
Pears says the school districts now offering the KITS program include Siuslaw, McKenzie, Fern Ridge, South Lane, Crow-Applegate Lorane, Mapleton, Marcola, Junction City and Creswell. That’s in addition to Eugene, Springfield, and Bethel. The grant allows the program to better serve children in rural communities.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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