The following organizations received grants from the Early Education Funders Collaborative in 2016 to support kindergarten-readiness for low-income families and children of color in Greater Kansas City.
El Centro, Inc.
The organization will use funds to hire highly qualified instructional staff, add a mental health consultant and provide individual student scholarships.
This grant will support the opening of a new preschool campus, serving 60 to 80 additional children this fall.
Growing Futures Early Education Center
The organization will increase its capacity to serve lower-income families in Johnson County by expanding the number of seats in its Head Start program. Additionally, the program will expand teacher support and training using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System®.
Kansas City Missouri Public Schools
Support from this grant will enable the district to add infant and toddler classrooms in the existing early education program as well as to add parent education staff to the Parents as Teachers program.
Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corp.
This grant will support several quality improvement initiatives in the Kansas City region, including teacher training on the Desired Results Development Profile, piloting a kindergarten-readiness screening instrument, expanding the Classroom Assessment Scoring System® program and conducting research.
Operation Breakthrough, Inc.
Funding will support ongoing operations in the early education program, with the ultimate goal of children being kindergarten-ready.
The Children’s Place
This grant supports the organization in training staff and implementing the Conscious Discipline methodology for children who have experienced trauma and adversity.
United Inner City Services (St. Mark Child and Family Development Center)
Funding will support teacher professional development and collaboration, parent engagement initiatives, program evaluation, and the addition of new staff members.
University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute (Educare)
This grant will enable the organization to increase the number of seats in their preschool program for three- and four-year-old children in Wyandotte County.
Kansas Action for Children
This grant will support advocacy initiatives on behalf of all children in Kansas.
Missouri Children’s Leadership Council
Support from this grant will expand the organization’s capacity to advocate on behalf of children in Missouri.
Olathe Public Schools Foundation
The organization will use funds to assist Spanish-speaking child care providers in becoming licensed and improving the quality of care available to low-income families.
Shawnee Mission School District
This grant will support the expansion of pre-k programming and family engagement activities to seven additional elementary schools.
Start at Zero
Support from this grant will expand parental engagement programming to two additional schools serving low-income families.
The Family Conservancy
The organization will use funds to expand quality improvement training and programming for child care providers.
The Literacy Lab
Support from this grant will increase the number of full-time tutors and paraprofessionals in pre-k classrooms to help more children gain the literacy skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten.
United Way of Wyandotte County
This grant will support the expansion of pre-k programming and family engagement activities in Wyandotte County.