W.K. Kellogg Foundation Launches $5 Million Family Engagement Initiative

August 26, 2013

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced a new $5 million initiative to identify and cultivate innovative programs that promote children's educational success from birth to age 8.

The foundation, which defines family engagement as a shared responsibility of families, schools, and communities for student learning and achievement, will award grants of up to $500,000 over one to three years to help support and expand "on-the-ground" family engagement efforts, including program design and implementation, service delivery, and policy development and implementation. Organizations that have developed effective family engagement models that address obstacles faced by low-income families — especially those that outline effective teaching strategies, work to align childhood systems in their communities, and focus on building family economic security — are encouraged to apply.

"Our goal is to shift the paradigm for people to see that families — particularly those that have been marginalized by racial inequities — possess numerous skills that must be recognized and supported to help children succeed," said Kellogg Foundation vice president for program strategy Carla D. Thompson. "We believe that supporting family leadership development and organizational capacity to act as partners between school and family can transform the early childhood education system."

“W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces Investment to Identify and Expand Promising Family Engagement Efforts That Support Early Childhood Educational Success.” W.K. Kellogg Foundation Press Release 8/26/13. Primary Subject: Children and Youth Location(s): National FC019651

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