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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.

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.

The 2021 Quality Enhancement Grants closed in April 2021. More information about our latest grantees coming soon.

“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,” said Halley French, program officer. “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.”