April 27, 2018

Early Childhood Receives $600,008 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum are the recipients of a $600,008 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will support a partnership between GRPS and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to combat summer learning loss.

Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Children’s Museum are the recipients of a $600,008 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will support a partnership between GRPS and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum to combat summer learning loss.

The partnership will provide preschool children with a summer enrichment program that includes exploratory learning, play, discovery, social and emotional learning, and development of classroom skills. Students will be taught by highly qualified GRPS teachers. Children's Museum Play Coaches will join in as partners in play, supporting students in project-based learning through active exploration and hands-on activities. 

“Kindergarten readiness is an important milestone for students and sets them up for success in school. I’m very excited that we are able to offer students an opportunity to get ready for kindergarten through this innovative, play-centered program,” said Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

This summer, the program’s seven classrooms will serve 196 students who are preparing to enter kindergarten. Over the next three years, the number of classrooms will increase to 12 representing all quadrants of the city.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for the children in our community to receive the greatly needed social-emotional learning, through play, to prepare them for kindergarten,” said Maggie Lancaster, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Executive Director.