W.K. Kellogg Foundation launches $5 million family engagement initiative

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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, will award grants of up to $500,000 over a period of 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."

How to Apply
Public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and can demonstrate the fiscal capacity to manage the funds should apply online. Applications are due by Sept. 23, 2013. If selected, applicants will be asked to provide a full proposal in October 2013, and will receive guidelines upon selection. Selected grantees will be notified of their awards in December 2013.

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