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BCIU Awarded Federal and State Grants

The Berks County Intermediate Unit was recently awarded two grants that will allow the organization to enhance and expand existing services, develop new programming, and have a voice in the future academic standards of education in Pennsylvania.

Berks County Head Start Receives Federal Grant

Berks County Head Start has been awarded a $3 million federal grant that will allow the program to build on its successful services to the youngest learners in Berks County. Representative Chrissy Houlihan announced the grant in early January.

“The grant funds awarded to the Berks County Head Start program will make a significant impact to more than 800 Berks County children and their families,” said Executive Director Dr. Jill Hackman. “Children enrolled in the program are provided with skills that place a focus on school readiness which are necessary for future success in school as well as later in life.”

The grant is a part of a larger federal grant that will also provide funding to the Chester County Intermediate Unit and Chester County’s Head Start program.

BCIU Awarded Grant to Help Set PA Science Standards

The BCIU has been selected to assist the Pennsylvania Department of Education in managing the revision of the PA Academic Science Standards. A $250,000 grant has been awarded by the Department that will cover the costs of facilitating stakeholder meetings, contracting for research, and project management. 

Pennsylvania’s Academic Science Standards were last updated in 2002. The Berks County Intermediate Unit will now play a key role in setting the standards used across the Commonwealth for all branches of science and technology education.

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