Ewing Kauffman believed that youth prepared for education beyond high school would be positioned to lead economically independent, personally fulfilling lives. Our education strategy focuses on giving more Kansas City students access to high-quality education options and opportunities, from early childhood through postsecondary attainment.

To achieve this vision, we invest in schools, programs, and research to support the development of teachers and leaders, quality public schools, and education innovations. This will ensure more Kansas City students are entering kindergarten ready to learn, attending high-quality schools, and earning postsecondary degrees and credentials.

What's New in Education

FEBRUARY 10, 2016

New Kauffman Founders School Videos Illustrate How to Grow a Company

Leading experts address the challenges of scaling a startup

FEBRUARY 09, 2016

A Deeper Look at Early Education in Our Backyard

Kauffman Education Program Associate Halley French discusses plans by local funders to address the gap in quality early education for young children in Kansas City.

FEBRUARY 05, 2016

Great Schools Visits

Urban schools and students are thriving in cities across the United States—What can we learn from them?

FEBRUARY 02, 2016

Kauffman Scholars Celebrates 100th Graduate

Scholars attend more than 65 universities across the country

FEBRUARY 02, 2016

100 Reasons to be Proud (and 700 More on the Way)

Aaron North, Kauffman's vice president of Education, discusses the opportunity presented by hundreds of Kauffman Scholars coming home with college degrees.

JANUARY 28, 2016

Richard Whitmire joins Kauffman Foundation as Senior Fellow

It began with this one question: Why are boys falling behind in school?

JANUARY 26, 2016

Kauffman Foundation Launches New Education Blog

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to education issues. Now there’s a new place to talk about them.

JANUARY 26, 2016

Two Emails I am Keeping in 2016

Aaron North, Kauffman's vice president of Education, talks about the impact of two emails he received last year.

JANUARY 22, 2016

Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corporation

The Kauffman Foundation currently supports the Metropolitan Council on Early Learning's Classroom Assessment Scoring System an observational instrument to assess classroom quality in infant through twelfth grade classrooms.

JANUARY 22, 2016

Start at Zero

Start at Zero (SAZ) is a family visiting and kindergarten readiness program for Kansas City families with children ages zero to three.

JANUARY 22, 2016

Kansas City Teacher Residency

The Kansas City Teacher Residency’s mission is to recruit, prepare, develop, and support effective teachers in classrooms across Kansas City.

JANUARY 22, 2016


EdWise is a new, custom-built technology tool developed by the Kauffman Foundation that aggregates publicly available school metrics into a single database.

JANUARY 22, 2016

Early Education Funders Collaborative

The Collaborative supports improvements in early childhood education systems and increased options and opportunities for families in the region.

JANUARY 21, 2016

Alliance for Childhood Education (ACE)

The Alliance is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving Kansas and Missouri’s education systems.

JANUARY 04, 2016

The Kauffman Foundation Sharpens its Focus During Transformative 2015 Year

The Kauffman Foundation is recalling the programs and research that had the most impact this year. The highlights show that 2015 has been a transformative year for the Foundation’s leadership and its efforts to broaden its reach and sharpen its focus on education and entrepreneurship.

JANUARY 03, 2016

2016 AEA Conference

At this annual conference, the Kauffman Prize Medal recipients are announced.

DECEMBER 18, 2015

Fund for Teachers

Funded by the Kauffman Foundation, Fund for Teachers experiences transform teachers' careers and classrooms for years to come.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

New Kauffman Sketchbook Expresses Urgent Need to Provide Students the Opportunities They Deserve

Every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures, according to a new Kauffman Sketchbook video.

DECEMBER 01, 2015

Kauffman Sketchbook - "A Sense of Urgency"

Aaron North, Kauffman Foundation vice president of Education, discusses how every moment counts for students who have fallen behind on their path to meaningful, productive and happy futures. North recommends moving beyond the ideologies and personal philosophies that can distract efforts to stay focused on advancing academic achievement for every student.

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