NEW BEDFORD — Two grants have been awarded to causes that further educational opportunities for children in New Bedford.

The New Bedford School District was awarded $4-5,000 in state and federal funding, which will be used to support the development and implementation of turnaround plans for city schools.

The second grant was awarded to PACE in the amount of $25,000 to support the Parent-Child program, which helps parents continue the learning process for their children while they're at home.

The grants were announced by New Bedford State Senator Mark Montigny.

"Education is incredibly important and these two grants will help make sure that New Bedford students are getting the highest quality education we can give them," said Montigny. "It will help make sure that all kids showing up on their first day of school are ready to learn and schools have more resources to help those who have additional needs."