In 2018 alone, our work touched more than 90,000 individuals — children and the parents and caregivers who prepare them for success.
Your support has helped children who face considerable obstacles on their journey to success take advantage of a critical period of child development — preparing them for health, happiness and education.
Together, our work positively impacted:
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Decades of research and scientific advancement have offered new insight into the developing brain and have presented important facts about the first five years of life. The consensus is that there is no greater way to improve the likelihood of an individual achieving success than by investing in young children.
Our work helps children and families take advantage of opportunities that exist early in life by addressing these issues:
Too many children start school without foundational skills.
One in three children in Kansas City is not prepared for kindergarten. Students who begin school behind experience more cognitive issues, behavior problems, and enroll in special education programs at a higher rate than their peers.
Access to high-quality, affordable child care is sparse.
Currently, there is only capacity to serve approximately 40 percent of families in Wyandotte County and about 60 percent in Missouri. With no quality rating system and less than 5 percent of programs nationally accredited, families face additional challenges finding the high-quality care their children need.
Over 25 percent of local residents have experienced three or more ACEs.
Although stress is a normal part of life, when a child is exposed to ACEs, like abuse or neglect, it can have a significant impact on behavior, emotional development, mental and physical health. If not properly addressed, the impact can be lifelong.
We don’t think it will work, we KNOW it will.
The amount of information an individual is able to process and retain is greatest during the first five years of life, when 90 percent of brain growth occurs.
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Government Contracts $7,838,919 Grants $1,599,497 United Way $1,042,842 Service Fees $400,663 Contributions / Events $376,779 Investments $-196,444
Programs & Services $10,204,708 General & Administrative $1,084,528 Development $420,944 Community Awareness $120,626
All of the amazing things outlined in this report are made possible by the generous support of donors, funders and supporters like you.
The following individuals and organizations made significant financial contributions in 2018.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Head Start
U.S. Department of Agriculture – Child and Adult Care Food Program
Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund
Early Education Funders Collaborative
United Way of Greater Kansas City
Wyandotte Health Foundation
Kansas Governor’s Grants Program – U.S. Crime Victims Fund
Child Care Aware
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund
Jackson County Community – Children’s Service Fund
Stanley H Durwood Foundation
Sherman Family Foundation
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Hall Family Foundation
Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Mid-America Regional Council
Henry H. and Marion H. Bloch Foundation
Francis Family Foundation
Johnson County Government – Alcohol Tax Fund
Menorah Heritage Foundation
Montana Cahill Foundation
Ronald D Deffenbaugh Foundation
United Way of Wyandotte County, Inc.
The Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation
Women’s Foundation of Greater K.C.
Oppenstein Brothers Foundation
Dr. Mark Box
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Irven E. and NeVada P. Linscomb Foundation Fund
Wichita TOP Children’s Fund
United Community Services of Johnson County – Human Service Fund
J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation
Albert Bean Family Foundation
Matthew and Liz Webb
Cami and Greg Walker
Charles and Marisa Bryson
Ted Higgins Jr. and Kimbrough Bean Higgins
DST Systems, Inc.
Vivian & Hymie J.Sosland Charitable Trust
American Century Companies
Clinical Reference Laboratory