Giving children a strong start–from birth–is one of the Foundations highest priorities. Since 2002, the Foundation has been working alongside early childhood partners to create a seamless system of inclusive services to help young children and families thrive.
Over the years, we have administered $10 million in state and private foundation grants to fund preschool programs, social-emotional screenings, home visitation programs, and parenting education. The Foundation currently administers the Early Childhood Block Grant from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet & Trust Fund, funding the expansion or enhancement of 7 Reno County programs serving 100% at-risk children and families.
As part of our leadership, we partner with programs on a number of committees and collaborative efforts, including the Kindergarten Readiness Collective of the United Way of Reno County and Hutch Chamber’s Child Care Task Force. These efforts include advocacy to protect the Children’s Initiatives Fund at the state and develop a financial sustainability plan for early childhood programs in Reno County.
The Foundation has also made significant grants from the Fund for Hutchinson to support local efforts, such as the new Our Redeemer Early Learning Center to provide high-quality, affordable childcare for up to 81 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and the ABC Intervention Program at Horizons Mental Health Center that provides a 12-week high-intensity intervention to families who show signs of significant household stress.