At the Foundation’s May meeting, the Board of Directors approved a $690,000 investment in 11 new grant awards supporting our lifelong learning focus.
Evolving direction – Our focus on affecting policy through advocacy efforts is growing. The impetus is clear. Foundation resources are limited and supporting direct services can only reach a very limited number of children. As a result, increasing amounts of Foundation lifelong learning funds are focused on advocacy. The current environment in Missouri, as an example, offers unprecedented strategic grant making opportunities to impact the early education system over the next five years, (for example, government funded universal voluntary preschool).
Quality teaching – Kids reading on grade level by third grade is critical for their future success in school and beyond. The Foundation continues to support efforts to improve the quality of teaching in both early learning centers and K – 3 grades throughout the metro area. Key to this work is the professional development activities of the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development, the Metropolitan Center on Early Learning, and PREP KC. All are recipients of continued support from the Foundation.
The Foundation expects these efforts to lay the groundwork for children’s success in school, an important benchmark for the community.
A complete list of grants approved in May 2015 can be found below. For more information, contact Program Officer Lyn Knox 816-531-0077.