The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is among several funders to announce the formation of a new $4.5 million fund to benefit Head Start programs in Detroit. The Detroit Head Start Early Innovation Fund will award competitive Head Start grants to foster innovation and collaboration in the field while supporting higher quality and stronger outcomes.
As a member of the Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, we join the Kresge Foundation, Skillman Foundation, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, McGregor Fund, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The Jewish Fund and the PNC Foundation in this initiative. The fund was created in response to a federal competition for $48 million in Head Start funding in Detroit and is the only fund of its kind in the country.
At the Kellogg Foundation, we believe all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive and we work with communities to create conditions so that children can realize their full potential in school, work and life. Supporting this innovative partnership in Detroit helps ensure children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, bridging the gap between early Head Start and Head Start and the K-12 system. It also serves as a model for communities across the country to support high-quality Head Start services.
More information about the Detroit Head Start Early Childhood Innovation Fund can be found here.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.