The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a grant of $400,000 to First Steps, a Kent County effort to improve health and support services to preschool children.
“This investment from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, coupled with the tremendous support from our community partners, will help ensure all of our children have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Ben Emdin, First Steps executive director.
First Steps has drawn support from the business community and foundations including the Heart of West Michigan United Way, Steelcase Foundation, Frey Foundation and the state’s Early Childhood Investment Corp.
Its first project, launched in August, is the Children’s Healthcare Access Program, aimed at providing access to primary and preventative care to low income children in Kent County. The second project, expected to get under way this year, is an education and training system for child care providers.
Kellogg Foundation concentrates its grants to help children in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean and southern Africa.