Kansas City Early Education Funders Collaborative
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.