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Early Educators Begin 2018 with New Education Opportunities Thanks to $900,000 Kellogg Grant

Early Educators across the country will have the opportunity to expand their own education thanks to a $900,000 grant awarded to SEIU Education and Support Fund from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant will allow the SEIU Education and Support Fund to expand their education and training programs to several state based partners.

This new grant will support the professional development of early childhood educators to improve equity in the early childhood education workforce and ensure all children have access to high-quality early learning environments and a highly qualified workforce by identifying the most effective early care/education trainings.

Known as the Kellogg Grant, this is the first time that the SEIU Education and Support Fund has been the recipient of the grant. It will provide a unique resource for early childhood educators to further their professional learning and advancement in settings that accommodate their schedules and educational needs.

“This grant will enable women who might not otherwise get the chance to take college course work or even think about career advancement the opportunity to do so, and to develop professionally as early educators,” said Alexandra Flores, a family child care provider from Providence, RI.

“We are committed to supporting the ECE workforce, in part, because of our members’ long-standing commitment to millions of parents of young children who rely on the child care system in order to participate in the workforce,” said Gerry Hudson, chair of the SEIU Education and Support Fund. “Despite the essential role played by the ECE workforce – both in supporting working parents and in supporting young children – the field has long suffered from a lack of accessible, affordable training and education opportunities, and a lack of wages commensurate with their qualifications and responsibilities.”

Over three years, the Kellogg Foundation will distribute the $900,000 to the SEIU Education and Support Fund. These funds will be used to build a national infrastructure to support the important training and education work that SEIU locals are providing across the country. The SEIU Education and Support Fund plans to develop programs that both support early educators and help streamline their work such as fiscal and contract management , program support, curriculum development and training replication toolkits.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.

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