Early Education Funders Collaborative

The Early Education Funders Collaborative formed in 2014 with a vision that all students served by early childhood education providers in metro Kansas City are kindergarten-ready and able to transition to schools that will build on that preparation through at least grade three.

Partner organizations include the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Francis Family Foundation, George K. Baum Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, H & R Block Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Hispanic Development Fund, Sherman Family Foundation, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund. The Collaborative supports improvements in early childhood education systems and increased options and opportunities for families in the region. 

Early Education Grant Fund

Established by the Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports early education initiatives in the Kansas City metropolitan area that increase quality and/or access for low-income families and children of color. Projects funded by this program must demonstrate proven or promising results in preparing students to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Study

The Collaborative recently funded the Greater Kansas City Early Care and Education Study, which collected data from early childhood education programs within Jackson County to provide districts, schools, centers, funders, and supporters an opportunity to understand who is accessing services, what services are being accessed, and information about who is providing those services.

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