The Kent School Services Network has been given a $300,000 two-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The network says it will be used to improve satisfactory attendance levels of preschool-aged students and to increase the number of students considered “kindergarten ready.”

According to a press release, KSSN will be targeting efforts in eight Grand Rapids Public Schools that have full-day Great Start Readiness Programs serving four-year-old students:

  • Burton Elementary
  • Campus Elementary
  • César E. Chávez Elementary
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy
  • Sibley Elementary
  • Southwest Community Campus
  • Stocking Elementary

A recent study from Chicago Public Schools and Washington D.C. Head Start found a correlation between early education attendance and achievement in elementary school.

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a relationship with KSSN through a previous five-year grant. We are thrilled the Foundation will continue to invest in our community school strategy by supporting early education attendance so that the youngest students learn and thrive in Kent County, and set them up for future success,” said Carol Paine-McGovern, executive director of KSSN, in the release.

KSSN hopes to significantly increase the number of families in the eight schools served with enough resources to ensure their child’s adequate attendance in school.

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