KidsTLC, Inc. recently received a grant for $50,000 from the H&R Block Foundation to support staff training, consultation, and supplies focused on our agency’s “Philosophy of Care,” Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP). KidsTLC will purchase much needed workbooks, video cameras for consultation, and set up an AV room for live and video supervision.  Fees will be paid for DDPI Agency Certification as well as consultant-in-training/trainer-in-training fees for the two lead DDP senior staff. Throughout the year, staff will participate in various tele-video consultations with Dr. Hughes and Mr. McKellar while our seven therapists continue their practicum work.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Prime Health Foundation to create healthy living strategies that meet the needs of their members. The Y seeks to deliver a weight-loss program with a research-based curriculum that helps individuals get moving, eat healthy, and make lasting lifestyle changes in order to lose weight and reduce the risk for developing chronic diseases.

ReDiscover recently received a grant for $15,000 from the Oppenstein Brothers Foundation to support their “You Are Enough” School-Based Therapeutic Intervention Program. ReDiscover’s “You Are Enough” school-based therapeutic intervention program will provide on-site therapeutic services to low-income students at Raytown High School (RHS), addressing issues like bullying, depression, suicidal ideation, and substance use. The full-time therapist will provide behavioral health/suicide prevention training to administration/staff and therapeutic services to high-risk students who may not otherwise have access to services due to cost, transportation, or other barriers. A Student Service Fund will provide assistance for tangible needs like clothing, school supplies, and hygiene items.

United Inner City Services (UICS) recently received a grant for $40,000 from the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation to support the Arts@St.Mark initiative which infuses the arts into the St. Mark Center’s learning environment and offers community experiences in the arts. Funds will be designated for Arts@St.Mark and will support a full-time arts educator, daily arts instruction, teacher training, and family engagement activities for children ages six weeks to five years with activities designed to align with developmental needs.

KidsTLC, Inc. was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from the Edward G. and Kathryn E. Mader Foundation to support their Trellis Clinic Playground. KidsTLC will purchase and install a high-quality sensory playground directly outside of the Trellis Center that will include fine motor, gross motor, tactile, and visual inputs. Children will have opportunities to interact with staff and peers to model appropriate social behaviors, improve motor function, and even improve language skills.