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CFO Awards over $68,000 in Early Childhood, Education Grants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Seven area nonprofit agencies were awarded a total of $68,457.40 by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) to support pre-school and elementary children.
SPRINGIFELD, Mo. – Seven area nonprofit agencies were awarded a total of $68,457.40 by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) to support pre-school and elementary children.

According to a news statement, the grants were made up of $50,000 to support early childhood services and $18,457.40 for school-based projects in Springfield and Greene County.

The grants were funded by donors, who work to make CFO’s 2013-14 Metro Springfield Grantmaking Program possible.

The criteria for the early childhood grants focuses on programs that address the "red flags" identified in the Community Focus Report for Springfield-Greene County, or innovative programming with a demonstrated potential to address those issues, according to the statement.

The early childhood grants were awarded to:
  • Council of Churches of the Ozarks 
  • $10,916.30 for its Child Care Aware program that offers education and resources to promote quality child care.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools 
  • $1,982.60 for resource backpacks for 240 students.
  • Foundation for Springfield Public Schools
  • $1,101 for computer equipment and supporting technology, resource books and learning materials.
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks 
  • $12,311.10 for materials and staff training to produce school readiness kits for distribution.
  • Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation 
  • 6,898 to conduct vision screenings for pre-schoolers.
  • Lighthouse Family and Child Development Center
  • $11,791 for expenses for family group education and a Community Resource Fair.
  • University Child Care Center
  • $5,000 to implement the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment.
In addition, CFO awarded a total of $14,721.35 to eight Springfield Public Schools programs for technology, equipment, supplies and transportation costs for innovative projects taking place in the district.

Two Greene County schools, Logan-Rogersville Primary School and Discovery Garden Montessori School, also received classroom innovation grants totaling $3,736.05.

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