2018 Early Education Grantees

The following organizations received grants from the Early Education Funders Collaborative in 2018 to support kindergarten-readiness for low-income families and children of color in Greater Kansas City.

The Children’s Place
This grant supports continued training for instructional staff on Conscious Discipline methodology.

El Centro Inc.
Support for general operations, including professional development in Trauma Smart and Conscious Discipline, development of the Dual Language Learner programming, and enhancing the mental health program.

Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center
Support for the organization’s expansion and transition to a Head Start program.

Front Porch Alliance
General operating support for the Neighborhood Families home visiting program.

Growing Futures Early Education Center
This grant will fund the enrollment of 16 children who do not qualify for Head Start services as well as professional development on the CLASS domains.

Guadalupe Centers
Support for 34 additional pre-kindergarten children at the Penn Valley campus.

Jumpstart for Young Children
General operating support for 70 corps member volunteers providing literacy-based curriculum in preschool classrooms in the Kansas City metro.

Kansas Action for Children
General operating support of ongoing policy advocacy for the health and wellbeing of young children and their families in the state of Kansas.

Kansas City Public Schools
Support for two Missouri Preschool Project classrooms and two additional part-time parent educators for the Parents as Teachers program.

Kansas City Teacher Residency
This grant supports four early childhood teacher candidates in completing their residency year in preschool classrooms across Kansas City.

Mid-America Regional Council
Support for the continuation of the Early Learning Program Profile pilot, creation of a systemized quality improvement and professional development system, development of strengthened and more accessible pathways for early childhood degree completion, and the initial phase of a regional kindergarten readiness population sampling project.

Missouri Budget Project
General operating support for educating policymakers and the general public on the importance of investing in Missouri children and families.

Kansas City Area Parents as Teachers Consortium
This grant supports the Supporting Care Providers through Personal Visit program for Spanish speakers, as well as business classes, pre-licensing coursework, and ASQ training and screening for Family Child Care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers.

Operation Breakthrough
General operating support to provide high-quality care and education for 375 young children prior to kindergarten entry.

The Family Conservancy
Support for the Director’s Leadership Academy I and II, the Family Ties program for Family Child Care providers, and expansion of the CLASS Institute to 10 Family Child Care providers.

The Literacy Lab
This grant supports 14 pre-kindergarten tutors and eight Leading Men Fellows working in pre-kindergarten classrooms in the Kansas City area.

United Inner City Services
General operating support to provide high-quality care and education for 150 young children prior to kindergarten entry, as well as a pilot coaching model with one community-based early education program.

Educare Kansas City
Support for 34 pre-kindergarten children to ensure continuity of care in a high-quality program from birth through kindergarten entry.

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
General operating support for six early education sites in Jackson, Clay, and Platte County serving 494 young children.