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 Child and Youth Development and the Metropolitan Council on Early learning as key players in the field of teacher training and early literacy. We are also working with Operation Breakthrough as they further implement an important comprehensive screening and assessment tool, as well as laying the groundwork to expand its use in the metro area.
It has been a difficult year for children as the states wrestle with budget deficits. Cuts in funding for quality improvement efforts and eligibility for subsidized childcare threaten the progress made in the field of early education. To ensure that the public and legislators are aware of the value of early education, it is critical to support advocacy efforts. Kansas Action for Children received a grant of $50,000 to this end and are a shining example of the power of advocacy.
In addition, a one-year grant to PREP-KC continues the Foundation's investment in K-12 urban education reform efforts.
The Foundation expects these efforts, along with other grantees, to lay the groundwork for children's success in school, and important benchmarks for the community.
A complete list of grants approved in May 2012 can be found below. For more information, please contact Program Officer Lyn Knox at 816-531-0077.