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DuPage Foundation awards $240,000 to further kindergarten-readiness

Jun 22, 2015 08:47AM ● By Katelyn Nelson

The DuPage Foundation’s Board of Trustees has approved $240,000 in grants from its Bright & Early DuPage initiative to further the efforts of local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. Two $75,000 grants to Metropolitan Family Services were approved from the Foundation’s Bright & Early initiative. One of the grants will support the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative (AECC) while the second $75,000 grant will support the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative (WWECC).

A $50,000 grant was also awarded to the DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform. This grant to the Federation will help fund a regional early childhood hub that will provide technical assistance, coordinate professional development for early childhood providers, develop county-wide metrics and accountability, identify relevant data that should be collected and assist local collaborations in interpreting said data in order to make decisions about their next steps.

Bright & Early DuPage is the Foundation’s banner initiative. Its objective is to leverage area resources to ensure that all DuPage youngsters from birth to age five receive the comprehensive support critical in preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond. Bright & Early DuPage engages local organizations and individuals to build awareness, create cooperation and facilitate access to county wide early childhood education and support services for all children and their families. Joelyn Kundrot, 630-665-5556, X 19,