Voices for Utah Children Wins Grant for Early Learning

05 April 2016 Published in Press Release Archive

Voices for Utah Children Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant for Quality and Access Expansion in Early Learning

Salt Lake City, UT – Over the last three years, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Utah Office of Child Care, Voices for Utah Children and the Granite School District (GSD) Preschool Program have worked to implement a public-private partnership in early education, which included several private preschool providers within Salt Lake County. Today, Voices is excited to announce a new Kellogg Foundation grant of $850,000 to continue expanding early learning opportunities for low-income children through enhanced early childhood systems.

Voices for Utah Children — in continued partnership with GSD and the private preschool providers — will use the grant to help enhance access and improve quality for the early childhood system in the county, with the additional goal of assisting The Governor’s Education Excellence Commission and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) as they work toward greater educational outcomes for Utah’s kids.

“The generous support of the Kellogg Foundation will help us continue to close the educational opportunity gap here in Utah,” said Tess Davis, policy analyst with Voices for Utah Children. “And our state will further be able to see the gains, outcomes and promises of what high quality early learning can and does accomplish, especially for those children most in need.”

About Voices for Utah Children
Voices for Utah Children works to make Utah a place where all children thrive. We start with one basic question: "Is it good for kids?" At Voices for Utah Children, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. And to achieve this vision, we focus on five key areas that benefit the healthy development of all children. 

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) 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 create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. To learn more, visit www.wkkf.org.

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