Early Childhood Education

Supporting access to the best possible public schools cuts across all debates and ideologies to get to the heart of what matters for students and families: a quality school close to home. That basic desire starts in pre-kindergarten, and we work with the Early Education Funder’s Collaborative to promote access to quality options.

Early Education Funders Collaborative

As a member of the Early Education Funders Collaborative, a partnership of 12 philanthropic organizations in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation supports improvements in early education that increase quality opportunities for all families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Members of the Collaborative include the Kauffman Foundation, Francis Family Foundation, George K. Baum Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, The H & R Block Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Hispanic Development Fund, Sherman Family Foundation, Shumaker Family Foundation, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

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Early Education Grant Fund

Established by the Early Education Funders Collaborative, the Early Education Grant Fund supports early education initiatives in the metropolitan area of Kansas City 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.