Early Childhood

Early Childhood

Giving children a strong start—from birth—is one of the Foundation’s 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.

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 child care 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.


Donor Stories

Pryor Family

Brad and Valerie Pryor took action when they saw the need for more quality childcare centers in Hutchinson.

John RImmer

John Rimmer, a longtime advocate for higher education, broadened his focus and established an early childhood fund through Hutchinson Community Foundation.


During Marcia Corey’s 25+ years at the Reno County Early Education Center, she and her husband, John, witnessed the incredible power of getting an early start with special needs children. This work inspired the Coreys to establish an early childhood fund.

How You Can Help

Hutchinson Community Foundation holds a field of interest fund for early childhood initiatives. The fund is defined, yet flexible, and allows us to support a specific cause, while still being able to adapt to new needs of the community.


Get Involved

If you would like to learn more about our involvement in Early Childhood, contact Kari Mailloux.

Kari Mailloux, Director of Strategic Initiatives