The Endeavor Foundation in Springdale, Arkansas, has announced grants totaling $5 million to expand access to high-quality early childhood education and community health programs in the northwestern part of the state.
Building on a $2.9 million investment that Endeavor made earlier this year, the grants include a $4 million commitment to Arkansas Better Chance to expand its pre-K programs to another two hundred and forty preschoolers. The foundation also awarded $800,000 in support of existing ABC programs in the region.
In addition, the foundation awarded $200,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest in support of an internal medicine residency program and $40,000 to the Northwest Arkansas Council Foundation to install water fountains at three-mile intervals along the entire Razorback Regional Greenway.
"The foundation is proud of its commitment to both maintain and expand high-quality early childhood education in northwest Arkansas and to advance a bold vision toward helping to support the more than four thousand children in high-need families that do not have access to pre-K programs," said Endeavor Foundation president and CEO Anita Scism. "State funding for pre-K has remained flat since 2008, meaning that unless private dollars are invested, the increasing demand for pre-K will not be met, and we will continue to fail our children at a time in their lives when learning is a critical determinant of future success."