New Grant Opportunity Available for Early Education Providers

New Grant Opportunity Available for Early Education Providers
and Support Organizations in Kansas City

Applications now being accepted from local child care centers
and non-profits for grants of up to $500,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 15, 2016) — Ten philanthropic organizations in Kansas City have come together to establish a new grant fund for providers and supporters of early education.

The Early Education Funders Collaborative will award grants up to $500,000 to eligible organizations and initiatives that serve children ages birth to 5 in the six-county metro area, either through direct services or support services for early care and education. The goal of the new fund is to increase quality and access for low-income families and children of color.

“Early childhood education is essential in preparing children ages birth through 5 for success in kindergarten and beyond,” said Denise St. Omer, vice president of grantmaking and inclusion initiatives at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, a member of the Collaborative. “Early childhood programs in Kansas and Missouri are in need of support and resources, and by coming together, we as funders can make the best possible investments in effective local programs and practices.”

More information and grant applications are available at The deadline to apply is March 15. Grantees will be announced in April.

The grants for school- and center-based providers will be used to support teacher and leader development, parent engagement and creation or expansion of quality programming. To be eligible, the provider must serve at least 40 percent of children who qualify for free/reduced price lunch, financial assistance or child care subsidies; be licensed in Kansas or Missouri; enroll at least 30 children ages birth to 5; and be a non-profit organization.

Non-profit organizations that work for systemic change in early childhood education or support direct service providers in Kansas City are also eligible.

About the 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 Kansas City are kindergarten-ready and able to transition to schools that will build on that preparation through at least third grade.

Partner organizations in planning and/or funding include the Francis Family Foundation, George K. Baum Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Hispanic Development Fund, The H & R Block Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.