Early Education Funders Collaborative

The Early Education Funders Collaborative (the Collaborative) formed in 2014 with a vision that all students served by early childhood education providers in Metro Kansas City are kindergarten-ready and able to transition to schools that will build on that preparation through at least grade three. 

Partner organizations in planning and/or funding include Francis Family Foundation, George K. Baum Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community FoundationThe H & R Block Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Hispanic Development Fund, Kauffman Foundation, Sherman Family Foundation, Shumaker Family Foundation, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

The Collaborative supports improvements in early childhood education systems and increased options and opportunities for families in the region.

Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Study

Given that research shows early education programs can have an important impact on children’s school readiness and later success in life, the Early Education Funders Collaborative commissioned a landscape survey to better understand the existing early care and education programs within Jackson County in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas. The survey addresses children’s demographics, program characteristics, and staff characteristics to provide districts, schools, centers, funders, and supporters an opportunity to better understand early learning programs in Greater Kansas City. 

Click to access the reports.  

Early Education Grant Fund

Established by the Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports early education initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area that increase quality and/or access for low-income families and children of color. Projects funded by this program must demonstrate proven or promising results in preparing students to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2017.

Early Education Grant Fund Information and Application

Applicants are invited to attend an optional information session about the grant opportunity on August 1 at Kauffman Foundation. Two options are available:

Register to Attend 9 a.m. Session

Register to Attend 2:30 p.m. Session

Please contact Denise St. Omer (stomer@growyourgiving.org or 816.627.3417) with any questions prior to the information sessions. 

The Early Education Funders Collaborative has awarded grants to more than 25 organizations in Greater Kansas City through the Early Education Grant Fund. These organizations will use the grants, totaling more than $8 million, to support kindergarten-readiness for low-income families and children of color. 

2016 Awards

2017 Awards