The KC EEFC formed in 2014 with the vision that all children in Greater Kansas City are ready for kindergarten. The mission of the EEFC is to support the development of a high-quality early learning system that prepares all children living in poverty, especially children of color, for success in kindergarten and beyond. In 2016, the EEFC launched the Early Education Grant Fund, a collaborative funding opportunity for programs in Kansas City. The Fund aims to increase access to high-quality early education and development programs for lower-income families and children of color. Grants typically range from $30,000 to $500,000 and are awarded to organizations serving children ages birth to five in the KC metro area. Organizations might include providers, support organizations, advocacy, home visiting, teacher development, and more. Since 2016, more than 20,000 children have been impacted through more than $10 million in funding. The Fund supports a wide range of programs serving children ages birth to five, including providers, support organizations, and advocacy efforts. In addition to the Fund, the EEFC comes together regularly to learn from one another, hear from community stakeholders, and engage with experts in the field. Housed within the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Local/regional: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Platte, Clay, Jackson, and Cass Counties in Missouri (all within Kansas City metropolitan area).
The Grant Fund is housed at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Grant decisions are made by a fund adviser, appointed by each participating foundation. The EEFC and the Grant Fund are managed by a staff person at the Kauffman Foundation and a staff person at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Resources from participating foundations are utilized as well (evaluation, public affairs, etc.).
12 members including private and community foundations, and United Ways. There is no buy-in for participating in the Early Education Funders Collaborative. There is a minimum contribution of $50,000 required to participate in the Early Education Grant Fund.
- Regular learning opportunities for members.
- Collaborative research or data projects
- Aligned or pooled funding opportunities.