The Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education & Development

The Fund for Early Childhood Care, Education and Development is held our host Foundation, the Greater Salina Community Foundation (GSCF), but serves both Saline and Ottawa Counties.

It makes grants to organizations or programs whose work furthers the care, education, development, health, safety and human service needs of children ages 0-6 in Saline and Ottawa Counties to better prepare them for kindergarten.

The Fund was established in 2010 by Mark & Jane Berkley of Salina at GSCF. Since then, it has attracted contributions from a variety of donors who also believe in this cause.

Special consideration will be given to programs or organizations that work with children in poverty or with other significant barriers to learning.

All applicants will need to fill out a grant application form through our online grant system.  Click on “Apply Here,” on the right to get started.  Access code “GSCF” will be needed to apply to this grant since it is held at the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Click the Apply button under ‘GSCF Grants’.

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.