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Language and Literacy Backpack Project is a Positive Solution to Achievement Gap

Photo of Families from Franklin and Anderson CountyLEXINGTON, KY (January 2, 2008) Families of Franklin and Anderson County child care centers are the beneficiaries of a challenge issued to students at Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) by Maria Rutherford, Early Childhood Education instructor. The challenge issued to students was to come up with a project they as future educators could do to address the achievement gap. The students in her Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Associate Degree Program responded by creating the Language and Literacy Backpack project.

The backpacks supplied by the BCTC class to five child care centers are sent home each Monday with a child and returned on Friday. Materials included in the backpack provide a child and family the tools to learn together. Backpacks are assembled and given to the childcare centers at no charge. Materials are updated and exchanged by child care instructors.

The Language and Literacy Backpack project is a simple, positive, grass roots solution that addresses the achievement gap and promotes learning in children 3 to 6 years old. It is estimated that the backpack project will benefit 139 children and their families in 2008.