Federal Funds Help Expand KITS Program In Lane County – KLCC NPR for Oregonians

February 25, 2016

by Rachael McDonald

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.

Lane County Education Foundation representatives receive federal funds to expand Kids in Transition to School or KITS at an event Tuesday.

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.