Update: Study Phase 2 Findings Released
Research shows high-quality child care and early learning programs have a significant, positive impact on school readiness and later success in life. With that knowledge, the Early Education Funders Collaborative commissioned a landscape survey to better understand the existing early care and learning programs within Jackson County, Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas. The study and resulting report is just one of the many ways the collaborative is hoping to ensure kindergarten readiness is a reality for Kansas City children.
The report presents data from early child care and education programs to provide concrete information for future planning and investment to schools, centers, funders and policy makers; by identifying program characteristics such as: teacher compensation, teacher turnover, accreditation status, % of children receiving subsidies, % of special needs children served, % of minority children served.
The survey and analysis were conducted by The Family Conservancy, The Juniper Gardens Children's Project, and the Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This work was supported financially by the Early Education Funders Collaborative - a group of ten foundations working together to make the best possible investments in Kansas City's early childhood education services to students and families. Collaborative partners include George K. Baum Family Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Francis Family Foundation, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, The H & R Block Foundation, Hispanic Development Fund, William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and Stanley H. Durwood Foundation.
We hope this information informs the efforts underway in Kansas City to ensure as many children as possible enter kindergarten with the skills, information, and preparation ensuring they are ready to succeed.