KidsTLC recently received a grant for $5,000 from the CPS Foundation to support the purchase of supplies and equipment for a new sensory wall to benefit youth participating in KidsTLC’s Autism Services program. The funds from the CPS Foundation will support the installation of two sensory walls that will provide education and promote self-reliance for children with ASD who have issues with sensory processing.

Washington University recently received a grant for $2,460,949 from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Special Emphasis Panel to research the dissemination and implementation of an evidence-based pediatric weight management program for use by low-income families. The grant will provide funding to package and test...

KidsTLC recently received a grant for $20,000 from the First National Bank of Omaha to support the stable housing, navigation, and crisis support services provided by the Thriving Families program (formerly Street Outreach Services), which assists families and their children who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk for becoming homeless in obtaining/maintaining permanent housing. Grant funding will help support the Thriving Families program to serve approximately 200 individuals (families and children) each year through housing referral and emergency assistance funding, referral to shelter/transitional living, resource/health navigation, and crisis support. Funding will be used to support direct client services including personnel costs and provide funds to help youth and families finance HUD approved housing costs (rent, utility support, etc.) as well as other support related to stable housing.  The program provides clients with permanent/stable housing support, health navigation/education, and service referral to ensure they obtain or maintain housing and other services.

Genesis Promise Academy recently received a grant for $50,829 from the Jackson County Community Children’s Services Fund to expand behavioral health programs and staff training, resulting in more students receiving high-quality counseling services. The Counseling Program’s services are family focused, person centered, culturally responsive, and trauma informed. The goal...

Metro Lutheran Ministry was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the Kansas City Missouri Emergency Services Grant to support participants maintaining housing for a period of 1 or more years without incident of homelessness. MLM’s Homelessness Prevention portion of the Family Empowerment Continuum program will include: 1) security deposits,...

KidsTLC’s Autism Services Program was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the John & Effie Speas Foundation to to support the installation of a new sensory friendly inclusive playground. The children we serve are those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other related developmental disabilities. Through John and Effie Speas grant funding, KidsTLC will purchase and install a high-quality sensory playground directly outside of the Kelly Wellness Center that will include fine motor, gross motor, tactile, and visual inputs. Sensory playgrounds encourage exploration and discovery and provide a positive experience for those seeking sensory stimulation. This equipment helps children develop problem solving skills, express emotion, promotes empathy, instills lasting confidence, and fosters confidence through interactive play.  The American Academy of Pediatrics states recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development, offering cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits.

Kansas City Girls Preparatory Academy (Girls Prep) was recently awarded a $1,000,000 grant from SchoolSmartKC to build capacity for standards-aligned, research-based instruction in its leaders and teachers. Girls Prep will use grant funds to support three key goals. First, Girls Prep will adopt research-based, Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-aligned...