News Release



Jane Groff,


Date: April, 21, 2014

Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc. (KFAST) receives $499,734.00 grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Topeka, KS – Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc.(KFAST) has begun The Kansas Coalition for Effective Family Engagement  Project to support partnerships with families and  strengthen early learning outcomes of vulnerable children by developing leadership and building capacity of families,  community early childhood programs, schools and communities to work together to promote success.

The project is funded by a $499,734 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. Additional funds for this project include $20,000 from the Kansas State Department of Education and $20,000 from the Kansas Children’s Cabinet.

“Partnering with families and building the capacity of early childhood educators through collaboration across early childhood programs promotes the success of all Kansas children as they progress through their early childhood years from birth into their early school experiences,” said Jane Groff, Executive Director of KFAST.

The grant will focus on two goals: 1) To develop and disseminate state standards and guidance materials for family engagement that are aligned and utilized across agencies, organizations, and programs, and 2) To engage 10 Kansas counties for development of family engagement capacity at the local level.

“Kansas is fortunate to be selected for this opportunity. 30 applicants were selected from over 1100 applications. This grant puts Kansas in a position to affect the national conversation on family engagement,” said Groff.

Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc (KFAST).is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and support authentic, meaningful, and effective family, school, and community partnerships to enhance the educational success of ALL Kansas children from birth through adulthood. Visit

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, Mich., 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