W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announces $13.7 Million in New Family Enagagement Grants

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced grants awarded that total $13.7 million to 30 organizations around the United States. The grantees are organizations working to augment family engagement programming, specifically within the field of early education.

The Foundation originally announced their $5 million investment to identify and cultivate innovations in the growing field of family engagement in the Fall of 2013. The Foundation received an unprecedented 1,130 applications for this program, the largest number of applicants for one investment the Foundation has ever received.

The following organizations received 2014 Family Engagement Grants:

Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka, $260,000 over three years

The Working Together project will engage Native parents and families in their children’s education through the development of community-based Tlingit language and culture-based programming.

Amistades, Tucson, Ariz., $500,000 over three years
This project’s framework will serve as a multilingual, multicultural model that can be replicated in the family engagement field by other organizations serving marginalized families of color.

Advancement Project, Los Angeles, $500,000 over three years
Advancement Project’s Educational Equity program will leverage a historic education policy change in California to strengthen parent leadership and improve parent engagement in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) toward a goal of increased educational attainment.

Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, Oakland, Calif., $500,000 over three years
the PLAN project will expand capacity building and leadership support to parents and staff at four East Oakland elementary schools to create sustainable, culturally responsive structures and practices that ensure families are valued, heard and meaningfully engaged.

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, San Francisco, $150,000 over one year
Coleman’s family engagement project, Parents Making a Change (PMAC), works to build the capacity of low-income families of color to both support their children’s academic and life success and be catalysts for school-site and district-level reform efforts.

Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), Oakland, Calif., $500,000 over one year
I-SEEED will focus on deepening partnerships between the nation’s most vulnerable families and children and the schools that serve them.

San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, Calif., $500,000 over three years
The county’s Early Childhood Language Development Institute is designed to narrow the readiness gap of preschool dual language learners through trainings, coaching and technical assistance for teachers, administrators and families.

UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, Los Angeles, $390,000 over two years
Parent Worker Organizing: Building to Building, Janitor to Janitor, School to School, is a project designed to engage low-wage immigrant workers in their children’s education through innovative employer-supported programs in partnership with a union and school-based organizing in Los Angeles.

American Indian College Fund, Denver, $500,000 over 1.5 years
The “Ké’ Early Childhood Initiative: Strengthening Systems of Shared Responsibility among Native Families, Schools, and Communities” positions accredited tribal colleges and universities to develop opportunities with Native families to engage and transform early childhood educational practices and outcomes.

National Parent Leadership Institute, Hartford, Conn., $500,000 over two years
The National Parent Leadership Institute (NPLI) will use a rigorous 20-week Parent Leadership Training Institute curriculum and civic practice, to develop supportive communities of diverse parent educational advocates.

Generations United, Washington, D.C., $500,000 over two years
Generations United will partner with the Center for Law and Education and the Baltimore-based Grandfamilies Parent Teacher Student Association to develop, pilot and promote a family engagement model which improves the long-term academic and social outcomes for pre-K through third grade children in Baltimore.

Teaching for Change Washington, D.C., $500,000 over two years
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. This project will provide resources to expand the model into more schools and create a strategic communications plan to increase visibility of this important approach to family engagement.

Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Fla., $500,000 over two years
The enhanced IDEA@thebass program will build upon the museum’s strong foundation of arts education programming experience in order to better serve Miami-Dade County families.

Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, Fla., $449,957 for two years
This project will build the long-term capacity of the Miami-Dade County Head Start program to institutionalize the museum’s Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS) program model.

Clarkston Development Foundation (CDF), Clarkston, Ga., $445,900 over three years
With Clarkston Families Decide, CDF will engage families with children birth to age 8 in participatory workshops and in an innovative decision-making process to equip them to take actions as leaders, resulting in positive changes in early learning systems and in their community.

Southern Partners Fund, Atlanta, $500,000 over two years
Southern Partners Fund will draw on the capacity-building expertise of four senior organizations in its network: Southern Echo (lead co-designer), Federation Of Childcare Centers of Alabama (FOCAL), North Carolina Rural Working Group and Positive Action Committee (PAC) Georgia, to enhance the health and education of rural zero to 8 and senior communities in their states.

United Way of Greater Atlanta Inc., Atlanta, $499,902 over two years
United Way of Greater Atlanta will focus on family engagement within Georgia through the Leading Innovations in Family Engagement (LIFE) Path project. The implementation of LIFE Path will include three strategies focused on achieving a two-generation impact to improve the lives of families within target communities.

Keiki O Ka Aina Preschool, Honolulu, $500,000 over three years
Project Ho’ohiki Pilina will implement cultural-based education practices that strengthen Native Hawaiian family engagement and provide a model for children’s academic success and well-being.

Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program, Chicago, $450,000 over three years
The program aims to develop student and parent knowledge in these fields, instill a love of learning in the three areas and provide parents and teachers with tools and experience to prepare the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.

Community Organizing and Family Issues, Chicago, $500,000 over 1.25 years
COFI will bring the Family Focused Organizing model to seven diverse low-income communities of color throughout Illinois to learn systematically how this work can be adapted to differing communities toward the goal of engaging parents fully in early learning community collaborations.

Kansas Families and Schools Together Inc., Topeka, Kan., $499,734 over three years
The grant has two goals: to develop and disseminate state standards for family engagement that are aligned and utilized across agencies, organizations and programs; and to engage 10 Kansas counties for the development of family engagement capacity at the local level.

Fusion Partnerships, Baltimore, Md., $500,000 over two years
The Journey Project will provide a forum for low-income black families, policymakers, advocates, principals, teachers, parents and others from diverse disciplines to strengthen early learning outcomes of vulnerable Baltimore and East Cleveland, Ohio, children by developing leadership and building capacity of families, schools and communities to work together to promote opportunities for success.

Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, Mass., $500,000 over 1.5 years
This project will use the transition from early childhood to school as a lever to increase understanding and implementation of family engagement as a shared responsibility among families and all who promote children’s learning, as continuous from birth through to adulthood, and as critical across school, after school and other learning contexts.

Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence, Mass., $485,000 over three years
LCW will support the development of Community Education Circles (CECs), an innovative effort to bring together parents, teachers and students in Lawrence Public Schools and contribute to the turnaround of this struggling school district.

Public Policy and Education Fund, Buffalo, N.Y., $500,000 over three years
The New York’s Present Student Future Leader project will engage low-income parents of color in improving educational outcomes for young children in our communities.

Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Okla., $500,000 over three years
The Power of Families Project will expand the capacity of Tulsa-area family, friend and neighborhood care environments to provide successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who are not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language is not English.

Center for Southeast Asians. Providence, R.I., $500,000 over three years
The Center for Southeast Asians will work to support, assist and educate Southeast Asian families across the state of Rhode Island to develop meaningful parent-child relationships and develop parents’ skills so that they can become advocates for their children’s success.

Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), San Antonio, Texas, $499,950 over three years
Seeding Equity in Education through Dialogue focuses on strengthening the capacity and platform for effective and coordinated family and community leadership and partnerships to improve early learning for vulnerable children in San Antonio.

Greater Burlington YMCA, Burlington, Vt., $71,416 over one year
The Y Early Learning Readiness (ELR) Program provides families and caregivers with an additional partner in caring for their child during the critical and formative years from birth to age 5. The goal of the ELR Program is to help close the educational achievement gap by engaging friend, family and neighbor caregivers and helping them to take an active role in their children’s early learning.

OneAmerica, Seattle, $500,000 over two years
OneAmerica, Washington state’s largest immigrant advocacy organization, will lead a collaborative effort with the Road Map Project and Seattle Jobs Initiative to support a dual generational strategy in selected communities in south King County, Wash.

Judith Fenlon is the money and business editor at The Imprint

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