W.K. Kellogg Foundation Childcare Consultation Services Project

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WILMINGTON, DE – On May 1, 2014 the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children (DAEYC) was awarded a 32 month $675,000 grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Michigan that will help employees in select locations find quality care and education for their children.

“Employees who make low to mid-wages and need to find affordable, quality and convenient care for their children have additional stress,” stated Valerie A. Jermusyk, former Administrator for DAEYC. “This past winter had many snow days, and parents had to juggle getting to their jobs and finding care for their children. In some cases, people lost their jobs. If we can help someone keep their job, be more productive and know that their child is in a safe and nurturing environment, such as a high level Stars program, everyone wins.”

The funds from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will support three goals:

1. To Increase the Economic and Social Stability of Low-Income Parents: DAEYC will embed early childhood care and education family consultants at two worksites to help secure high-quality, subsidized child care arrangements. A Project Coordinator will work with the two consultants and the employers.

2. To measure the cost of providing this type of benefit in relation to cost savings associated with higher employee retention, decreased lost days of work, and increased productivity of the workforce: The Project Coordinator will support the WKKF grantee in collecting data and information for parallel pilot study. The Project Coordinator will monitor the consultants and provide resources as needed.

3. To show employers, using data, the fiscal and productivity advantage of offering employee benefits related to early childhood and other social services: With the Project Coordinator, WKFF pilot study partners will prepare data and facilitate presentations throughout the state.

“Birth to five is the most critical time. 90% of the brain is developed during this period. We are thrilled that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation understands our desire to help families give their children a great start. By investing in this pilot program, we can link families to early childhood programs participating in Delaware Stars, the state’s quality rating and improvement system. We can demonstrate to Delaware employers that if they adopt a similar program, it will pay for itself- in productivity and higher retention,” Jermusyk added.



About DAEYC: DAEYC’s mission is to strengthen the early care and education community by: Developing leadership; Promoting high quality early care and education; Building community support. http://www.daeyc.org
DAEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation 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 www.wkkf.org.