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May 2016 Board Meeting

At the Foundation’s May 2016 meeting, the Board of Directors approved seven new grants toward a $986,000 investment supporting our Lifelong Learning focus. The Francis Institute for Child & Youth Development matching grant payment will be determined in September.

Since laying the groundwork for a child’s success in school is an important benchmark for the community, the Foundation continues to support efforts to improve the quality of teaching in both early learning centers and grades K-3 throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. PREP-KC was awarded $150,000 to further their goals of children reading on grade level by third grade and achieving high academic standards.

The Foundation recently became one of 10 philanthropic organizations in the Early Education Funders Collaborative, funding both providers and those who support early education through the new Early Education Grant Fund (EEGF). The Foundation awarded the EEGF a three-year, $1.5M grant in January 2016. In the spring of 2016, the EEFG awarded nine grants totaling more than $3.7M to support kindergarten-readiness for low-income families and children of color. Two of the Foundation’s 2015 Lifelong Learning grantees were awarded EEFG grants – the Metropolitan Council on Early Learning and Operation Breakthrough. More EEGF applications will be considered in the fall.

As our focus on affecting policy through advocacy efforts continues to grow, the Foundation supports strategic grant making opportunities which impact the early education system over the next five years. Three of the Foundation’s 2015 Lifelong Learning grantees – the Alliance for Childhood Education, Kansas Action for Children and the Missouri Budget Project – were awarded a new 2016 grant in support of their advocacy efforts.

A complete list of 2016 Lifelong Learning investments can be found below. For more information, contact Program Officer Lyn Knox 816-531-0077.

Spring 2016 Lifelong Learning Grants


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