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Cradle to Career awarded $1.5 million grant

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Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative has received the first installment of a $1.5 million grant from The Duke Endowment.

The grant will be used to support the education organization’s Tri-County Regional Improvement Process, a coaching program for early childhood providers in the Charleston area. The funding will be used to expand the tools available through the process and to train 10 nonprofit organizations to use it.

Nearly $500,000 of the grant has been awarded by The Duke Endowment so far, and the rest is expected to come in installments through 2020.

“We are deeply grateful for The Duke Endowment’s financial support and confidence in our work,” Anita Zucker, chair of the collaborative’s board, said in a statement. “This grant will put momentum behind our efforts and is a great opportunity to share a successful tool with other organizations working to improve the lives of children.”

The collaborative has also hired Chris McNally, previously with The Boeing Co., as director of continuous improvement. In that role he will oversee the further development of the Regional Improvement Process and its expansion across the region.

“His skills and experience make him a key addition to the TCCC staff, and I look forward to seeing TRIP grow under his leadership,” Cradle to Career CEO John C. Read said.

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