From a news release:
CDF: A Collective Action Initiative has received a three-year, family engagement and early learning grant for over $400,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, MI.
The grant will allow CDF, a non-profit focused on community engagement in Clarkston to expand its community engagement work through the Clarkston Families Decide Initiative.
Clarkston Families Decide will engage families with children from infants to 8 years old in participatory workshops and in an innovative decision-making process to equip them to take actions as leaders, resulting in positive changes in early learning systems and in their community.
“By partnering with organizations that are committed to overcoming obstacles faced by families of color and low-income communities, we are actively seeding and cultivating authentic family leadership programs that create opportunities for parents to be engaged from the very beginning of their child’s education," said Carla Thompson, vice president – Program Strategy for WKKF.
Thompson also noted that often families do not participate in making major decisions that impact their children’s education. Organizations like CDF recognize that family engagement is a core strategy connected to improving learning outcomes and are working tirelessly to lift up the voices of families in an effort to set all children on a path to success.
Jeremy Lewis, CDF’s executive director, said CDF is “honored to be one of 30 organizations selected nationally.”
Clarkston Families Decide builds on CDF’s current work in the Clarkston community and highlights the important role parents play not only in the lives of their children, but in creating a vibrant community. "We look forward to our partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and working alongside other grantees as we learn and share our experience.”
Clarkston is home to refugees and immigrants from over 40 countries, speaking over 60 languages, and is equally diverse in its U.S. born population. Clarkston Families Decide will work with diverse families to plan and work toward a strong, unique and multi-cultural early learning system that works collaboratively with the schools.
Clarkston Families Decide works through family engagement, a community early learning campaign, and working collaboratively with partners including the City of Clarkston, the Clarkston Early Learning Network, early learning and literacy programs, community organizations, and the schools.