Public funding for early education does not provide sufficient resources for existing early education programs, so the need for philanthropic investments in this area is great. But what should those investments look like?
Donors from the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation recently came together to discuss this at a Donor-to-Donor event, “Investing in Our Youngest Citizens: Preparing for Success through Early Education.” Panelists included Aaron North and Halley French of the Kauffman Foundation and community leader and Community Foundation donor Susan Stanton.
The good news is that there are high-quality early education opportunities available, but they often are not accessible for many low-income families and families of color. And in many cases, programs are forced to choose between fundraising and spending time actually educating students.
So what is working? Creative and collaborative ways of giving can and will move the needle on this issue. Specifically:
For more information on the early childhood education landscape in Kansas City, download the Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Study executive summary or full report.
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