CANFIELD — Mahoning County Educational Service Center and three other Northeast Ohio educational service centers have been awarded a collective grant from Philanthropy Ohio to create the Northeast Ohio Whole Child Learning Collaborative.
Each of the four educational service centers — Mahoning County ESC, ESC of Lorain County, ESC of Western Reserve and ESC of Northeast Ohio — will utilize grant funds to pilot programs focused on aspects of social and emotional learning as well as areas of curriculum and engagement that have been impacted by remote learning.
Mahoning County ESC was awarded $62,000 for pilot programs in the area.
The award will enable Mahoning County ESC to develop and pilot two different STEM kits for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade to help bridge the gap between remote and in-classroom instruction. The pilot STEM programs will reach up to 442 students throughout the Mahoning County ESC preschool program and five local districts, including Boardman, Canfield, Sebring, South Range and United.
The Mahoning County ESC will also be able to further support social and emotional learning and student engagement through a virtual book study. Up to 150 teachers will gain insights to improve their virtual and in-person classrooms.
“We are thrilled to be able to expand our impact on our member districts with this award,” Traci Hostetler, superintendent of the Mahoning County ESC, said in a news release. “Our team is always innovating and finding new approaches to increase educational efficiencies and improve student learning. We’re thankful to Philanthropy Ohio for the additional resources to extend this reach even further.”