SPRINGFIELD —Senator Eric P. Lesser applauded the announcement that Belchertown Day School had been selected for a $1 million grant for the construction of a new building on the campus of the former Belchertown State School.

The building will include a fenced toddler playground, separate fenced preschool playground and a separate play area for the school-age program in the back of the building.

“I am thrilled that our community has been awarded this grant to build brand-new facilities for early education programs. As we know, early education for toddlers and pre-schoolers is the best way to get our children on the path to success. This grant will allow us to do that, and will greatly benefit the children and families of Belchertown,” said Sen. Lesser.

The Department of Early Education and Care awarded the FY2017 grant under the Early Education and Out of School Time (EEOST) Grant program, which supports facility improvements, renovation and development.

The EEOST Grant Program awards grants to large group early education and out of school time programs for major capital building projects that improve the quality of the environment for children. The EEOST Capital Fund Grant Awards support tax-exempt non-profits that operate an early education and care program that enroll children from low-income families who are eligible to receive a public subsidy (at least 25% of the total program enrollment.)

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