The Kansas City Early Education Funders Collaborative 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 children living in poverty, especially children of color, for success in kindergarten and beyond.
Kansas City, KS
Local/regional: Wyandotte and Johnson Counties in Kansas and Platte, Clay, Jackson, and Cass Counties in Missouri (all within Kansas City metropolitan area).
Housed and staffed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The EEFC meets to provide updates and shared learning however. A small group of funders from the group are exploring what exploring what collective engagement in advocacy could look like and how to best align with current efforts to shape systemic change.
Related reports and news on previous work:
- Early Education Funders Collaborative Case Study, March 2018, describes Collaborative activities from 2014 to 2017 and presents members’ perspectives on the Collaborative’s impacts, challenges, and future directions.
- Kansas City Pre-K Landscape Study, commissioned by the Collaborative to learn what types of programs are currently available to families across the metro area.
- Several Kansas and Missouri funders are also supporting the Kansas City Preschool Cooperative, an innovative partnership between early childhood education centers and K-12 public schools that works to improve Kindergarten readiness through ensuring equitable access to high-quality pre-K.