Celebrate Children Foundation awards grants to early childhood

NEWS RELEASE FROM: Celebrate Children Foundation:

MADISON, Wis., January 2, 2013 – The Celebrate Children Foundation on behalf of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council announced today that it has awarded 16 grants totaling $272,727 for the purpose of supporting system building of local coalitions that are working to improve the quality of early childhood development for young children prenatally to kindergarten across Wisconsin.

The Early Childhood Community Partnership Grants are bringing together local stakeholders to design and develop a comprehensive infrastructure at the local level that expands, enhances and supports a seamless system of high quality early childhood development programs and services, with the ultimate goal of helping children be healthy, nurtured, safe and successful. The following Coalitions received a grant award to help sustain their early childhood development initiatives:

• Community Partnership for Children Initiative (Brown County)
• Successful Children’s Network (Chippewa & Eau Claire Counties)
• Fond du Lac County Community Partnership for Young Children
• Fox Valley Early Childhood Coalition
• Community Collaboration for 4 Year Olds and Early Childhood Professional Development Options (La Crosse County)
• Lindsay Heights Children’s Success Coalition (Milwaukee County)
• Community Partnership for Children of Manitowoc County
• Marathon County Early Years Coalition
• Merrill Area Public Schools 4 Year Old Kindergarten Community Partners
• Milwaukee Succeeds
• Rock County Home Visit Network
• Rusk County Youth Council
• Together for Jackson County Kids
• Early Childhood Focus (Watertown Family Center)
• Waukesha Early Learning Coalition
• Healthy People Wood County Obesity Prevention Team
“We are pleased to partner with these local Coalitions that are working hard every day to help improve the quality of early childhood development for our youngest learners,” said James L. Leonhart, President of the Celebrate Children Foundation. “We are confident that these Early

Childhood Community Partnership Grants will make a lasting impression on our children and communities.”

The Celebrate Children Foundation is administering the grant process as an initial step in building public-private partnerships that address the critical issues facing children birth to age five across the state. Secretary Eloise Anderson of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, are co-chairs of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council.

“Governor Walker and the Department are committed to providing high quality early childhood development programs,” said Secretary Anderson. “This funding is a critical first step to achieving the goal outlined in the state’s Race to the Top grant to create a private-public partnership board that will leverage private sector resources and engage local communities to give children the educational foundation they need to achieve success.”

State Superintendent Evers also said in a statement, "High quality early learning opportunities are key to preparing all students for school success and reducing achievement gaps before they start."

About the Celebrate Children Foundation
The Celebrate Children Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that helps communities throughout Wisconsin create the most effective early learning systems. Through public-private partnerships, our initiatives reach children at a critical time in their development and help to promote the growth of healthy, engaged citizens. The foundation has created a permanent endowment to ensure that investments will continue to be made in young children throughout the state. You can help by purchasing a Celebrate Children license plate today.