The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a four-year, $5.5 million grant to the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to boost access to high-quality early learning opportunities for local children, MLive.com reports.
Building on a 2012 grant of $5 million from Kellogg that provided high-quality preschool supports for 3- and 4-year-olds in low-income neighborhoods in the city, the grant will bolster ENLC's efforts to increase the number of children prepared for school success by improving their learning environments. ENLC, which to date has created five hundred preschool slots for local children, plans to boost access to early learning opportunities for local residents by engaging parents and deepening partnerships with other providers and partner organizations.
"ELNC is one of the leading early childhood stakeholders in Kent County and serves as a model for the rest of the state," said Ali Webb, the foundation's director of Michigan programs, told MLive. "By partnering with organizations on the ground, ELNC has expanded the capacity of high-quality programs, thereby advancing and supporting the sustainability of an early childhood education system in Grand Rapids."