CFO awards $50,000 in Early Childhood grants

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded $50,000 to support early childhood services at six area nonprofit agencies.

These grants, intended to support pre-school and elementary children, are funded by generous donors who help make possible the CFO’s 2014-15 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program.

The successful projects, selected from nearly $120,000 in proposals, focus on programs that address the “red flags” identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, or innovative programming with a demonstrated potential to address those issues.

A panel of CFO volunteers reviewed the applications and heard presentations from the finalists before making these recommendations for grant awards. This year’s panel was chaired by Dot Atkinson and included Laurie Edmonson, Lindsey Neddenriep, Jami S. Peebles, Natalie Precise, and Kim Roam.

The early childhood grants were awarded to:

  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $12,000 for 18 iPads and safety software for 18 preschool classrooms at Shady Dell Early Childhood Center.
  • Victory Trade School: $4,800 for childcare meal preparation supplies for the Washington Avenue/Every Child Promise preschool:  cooler, freezer, pantry, dishes.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,000 for two-day L.A.S.S. preschool program training sessions for 10 to 15 early childhood workers.
  • Burrell Behavioral Health: $7,200 for Child and Parent psychotherapy workshop training for professionals who work with preschool age children who have experienced trauma.
  • Child Care Aware of Southern Missouri, A Service Agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks: $9,000 for long-term implementation of Early Childhood One Stop Shop, through which families with children can receive assistance finding childcare and other services.
  • Saving Sight (Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation): $5,000 for the KidSight program, which provides vision screening for children ages six months to preschool in Springfield childcare and preschool facilities.

The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation serving a 58-county region south of the Missouri River through partnerships with donors, 45 affiliated community foundations and more than 550 nonprofit partners. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life in our region through resource development, community grantmaking, collaboration, and public leadership.

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