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Quality Enhancement Grants

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Quality Enhancement Grants program supports quality improvement efforts in early learning programs serving children birth to five in the Kansas City region.

The 2022 Quality Enhancement Grants RFP is now open

The Quality Enhancement Grants (QEG) Request for Proposals (RFP) will enable organizations to improve existing programs through enhancing curricula, teacher-child interactions, social-emotional learning, or child screening and assessment, as well as activities which support strengthening the organization. Learn more and apply >

Learn about the 2021 Quality Enhancement grantees

  • Archie Educational Daycare Center
    Support for implementation and training of new faith-based curriculum, trauma-informed care, and family engagement.
  • Each One Teach One Learning Center
    Support for HighScope curriculum training, Child Development Associate credentialing, and accreditation coaching.
  • Eastwood Learning Center
    Support for HighScope curriculum training, early education continuing education, and Family Child Care business coaching.
  • Educare Kansas City
    Support for HighScope curriculum training, Conscious Discipline, and race equity, diversity, and inclusion training.
  • El Centro
    Support for training on data interpretation and action planning.
  • Emmanuel Family & Child Development Center
    Support to hire a pre-k education coordinator, Trauma Smart training, purchasing curriculum kits, and LETRs training.
  • Francis Institute at Metropolitan Community College
    Support to partner with three early education centers to implement Conscious Discipline and strengths-based coaching.
  • Grace United Community Ministries
    Support for implementation and training on HighScope and Sing Play Love curricula.
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
    Support to develop vertically aligned curriculum between early education program and kindergarten, training on LETRS literacy, and to host family engagement events.
  • KC Healthy Kids
    Support to partner with a cohort of early learning centers for training and coaching on trauma-informed care and trauma-informed policies and procedures.
  • KD Academy Learning Center
    Support for training on Fountas & Pinnell curriculum, as well as Conscious Discipline.
  • Kids in Christ Academy
    Support for Creative Curriculum implementation and training, Child Development Associates credentialing, and accreditation coaching.
  • KidZone Learning Center of Wyandotte County
    Support for training on Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), trauma-informed care, Conscious Discipline, HighScope, and family engagement. Also supporting continuing education coursework for staff working toward their degree in early childhood education.
  • Newhouse
    Support for implementation and training on Creative Curriculum and Conscious Discipline.
  • Seal of Fun Daycare
    Support for HighScope curriculum training, Child Development Associates credentialing, and Family Child Care business coaching.
  • Shiloh Learning Center
    Support for Creative Curriculum implementation and training.
  • Upper Room
    Support for professional development on Deveraux Early Childhood Assessment, social-emotional learning, STEM, and arts-infused curriculum.
  • The Vineyard
    Support for training on HighScope and Lexia curriculum.

Why Quality Enhancement Grants?

During the first five years of life, a child’s brain develops exponentially, making this a critical period for learning and growth.

Having an effective early childhood teacher is an important factor in promoting child development in early care settings. Much of the work supported through the Quality Enhancement Grants program targets professional development on adult-child interactions, trauma-informed care, and positive behavioral support.

Investing in high-quality experiences

Halley French

“Through the Quality Enhancement Grants program, our aim is to allow community members to identify their individual needs in improving the quality of their early learning programs. This initiative has supported large and small centers, school districts, intermediary organizations, home-based programs, mental health services, and more across the Kansas City metropolitan area. Ensuring our region’s children have access to high-quality experiences early in life is one of the best investments we can make in our future.” — Halley French, Senior Program Officer, Education