I’ve previously posted about the Kellogg Foundation’s initiative to fund parent involvement/engagement programs targeting families with children age eight and below.
They just announced a new set of grants and I thought it would be useful just to reprint their press release since it listed all the grantees.
Unfortunately, they didn’t send out anything indicating what specific efforts they were funding and, of course, we don’t know what they chose not to fund. In other words, right now there’s no telling what their definition of what a “transformative family engagement program” really looks like to them. (They’ve now made that list available, and you can see the grant descriptions here)
With luck, they’ll be sharing more information about the grants soon…
W.K. Kellogg Foundation announces recipients of $13.7 million investment to empower parents as leaders and key decision makers in education
Thirty organizations from 18 states and the District of Columbia to create opportunities that connect schools, communities and families for economic and early school success
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is pleased to announce a total investment of $13.7 million to 30 exceptional organizations developing and implementing transformative family engagement programs in the field of early childhood education.
In September 2013, WKKF received more than 1,130 applications for this investment, the most ever received for a single funding opportunity in the foundation’s 83-year history. The unprecedented interest and clear demand from the field was an important indication about both the need and opportunity to invest in efforts that would result in increased family engagement in a child’s academic life.
“This was an eye-opening moment for us. We knew there was a need and a value around the issue of family engagement, but we didn’t realize the extent of the shared value around families’ desire to more deeply engage in their children’s education,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation. “We are actively seeding and cultivating authentic family leadership programs that create opportunities for parents to be engaged from the very beginning of their children’s education.”
The 30 organizations share WKKF’s commitment to family engagement, which:
- Is defined as a shared responsibility between families, schools and communities for student learning and achievement;
- Is a continuous process from birth to third grade and beyond that occurs in multiple settings where children learn;
- Takes place in environments where empowered parents and families are leaders; and
- Requires a shift in national conversations so that all families are viewed as powerful assets for their children’s education.
“All too often families are not at the table when it comes time to make major decisions impacting their children’s education,” said Carla Thompson, vice president for program strategy at WKKF. “These organizations recognize that family engagement is a core strategy connected to improving learning outcomes and are working tirelessly to lift up the voices of families in an effort to set all children on a path to success.”
A complete list of the 30 winners is provided below: