CFO awards early childhood and school innovation grants

The CFO has awarded $50,000 to support early childhood services at seven area nonprofit agencies, along with $18,457.40 for school-based projects in Springfield and Greene County.

The total of $68,457.40 to support pre-school and elementary children is funded by generous donors who help make possible the CFO’s 2013-14 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program.

The criteria for the early childhood grants focuses 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.

The early childhood grants were awarded to:

  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks: $10,916.30 for its Child Care Aware program that offers education and resources to promote quality child care.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $1,982.60 for resource backpacks for 240 students.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools: $1,101 for computer equipment and supporting technology, resource books and learning materials.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks: $12,311.10 for materials and staff training to produce school readiness kits for distribution.
  • Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation: $6,898 to conduct vision screenings for pre-schoolers.
  • Lighthouse Family and Child Development Center: $11,791 for expenses for family group education and a Community Resource Fair.
  • University Child Care Center: $5,000 to implement the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment.

In addition, the CFO awarded a total of $14,721.35 to eight Springfield Public Schools programs for technology, equipment, supplies and transportation costs for innovative projects taking place in the district. Two Greene County schools, Logan-Rogersville Primary School and Discovery Garden Montessori School, also received classroom innovation grants totaling $3,736.05.