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Category Archives: Lifelong Learning

November 2015 Board Meeting

In November 2015, the Board of Directors approved 70 grants totaling $985,125 in support of arts and culture organizations and programs in the Greater Kansas City area.  This amount is more than $200,000 greater than the amount of grants awarded in 2014. Highlights from a list of 16 one-year grants (made to large and midsize arts and culture organizations for…
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Kansas City Public Schools revamps approach to early childhood education

Foundation grants to KCPS and KCPT are making a positive difference in early childhood education, according to Jerry Kitzi, director, Office of Early Learning at KCPS. Kitzi cites the upswing experienced by four-year-olds at Woodland, where, at the beginning of last year, only 16 percent had literacy competency but by year-end that number had risen to 82…
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May 2014 Board Meeting

At the Foundation's May meeting, the Board of Directors' approved more than $1M in new grant awards supporting our Lifelong Learning focus. Entering kindergarten school ready is critical for their future success in school and beyond. The Foundation continues to support efforts to improve the quality of teaching in early learning centers throughout the metro…
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May 2012 Board Meeting

At the Foundation's May meeting, the Board of Directors approved more than $1.1 million in 10 new grant awards supporting our lifelong learning focus. Kids reading on grade level by third grade is critical for their future success in school and beyond. The Foundation is continuing to support the work of the Francis Institute for…
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