Gov. Andy Beshear awards $15 million in grants to help Kentucky Local Family Resource and Youth Services

Several grants will help support services in Eastern Kentucky
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Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 10:33 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) - Governor Andy Beshear and Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman awarded $15 million in grants to 150 local Family Resource & Youth Services Centers (FRYSCs).

The grant was made possible through the second round of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund 2 (GEER II).

“As an education first administration, we are going to make sure that Kentucky educators, students, and families have the support they need as we move out of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Gov. Beshear. “This funding will help parents return to work knowing their children are learning in a safe, caring place, and it will also help families bounce back from the mental and emotional tolls of the past year.”

The money will help fund educational support services to schools, youth, and families, with a focus on early childhood education and child care, as well as family crisis and mental health counseling due to the effects of COVID-19.

“Congratulations to the FRYSCs that have been selected for the second round of GEER II funding,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman, who is also the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. “As an educator and former school administrator, I have witnessed how much our FRYSCs mean to our schools and students. They stand in the gap for the most vulnerable students and connect schools to the home and community, so they are the best conduit for these grants.”

The grants will be managed by the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

More than 850 FRYSCs provide services to Kentucky children, youth, and families in approximately 1,200 schools across the state.

Click here to view information on the grant recipients.

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