“This $44 million grant represents one of the largest single investments in Kentucky’s students, and it’s targeted specifically to our youngest students, who will carry the positive impact of these programs throughout their school careers,” said Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to make the large-scale improvements in early childhood education that we have long known are critical to student success, but have always been shelved because of lack of funding. Make no mistake, we cannot underestimate the good that will come from this grant in the years to come.”This is the third time these early learning grants have been issued. Fourteen other states were previous winners. The winning states must show a willingness to carry out comprehensive improvements to programs focused on children from birth to age 5.