Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education & Development

The Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education and Development was established by Mark and Jane Berkley to better prepare children in Ottawa and Saline Counties for kindergarten.

Grants from this fund will support the following:

  • Organizations or programs whose work furthers the care, education, development, health, safety and human service needs of children ages 0-6 to better prepare them for kindergarten.
  • Special consideration will be given to programs or organizations that work with children in poverty or with other significant barriers to learning.
  • Grants are limited to Ottawa and Saline County, KS.

All applicants will need to complete a grant application form through our online grant system.  Click on “Apply for a Grant,” on the right to get started.  Use access code “GSCF” to apply for Greater Salina Community Foundation Grants.

Click here to review additional Grant Guidelines.

Additional Information

According to the Research and Policy Committee of the Committee for Economic Development, helping all children start school ready to learn is critical to their future success and to the well-being of society as a whole. Children who start school behind their peers are unlikely to catch up. Children who enter kindergarten with limited word reading skills are the most likely to develop later reading difficulties and require remedial education.

Studies show that early schooling has enormous benefits. Children who enter kindergarten ready to learn are less likely to need special-education services and more likely to graduate. After leaving school, they are more likely to be employed and less likely to be on welfare.