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All children can succeed.

This is one of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's longstanding beliefs. For more than 100 years, we’ve invested in many programs to directly support the learning journeys of children. Early childhood care, educational programs in and out of the classroom, summer employment, recreational opportunities and college access. All play important roles in children’s academic, social and emotional success.

We are targeting the Foundation’s investments by building on our longstanding commitment to the education continuum, which includes Milwaukee Succeeds.

We are committed to improving early childhood care and education by focusing on healthy birth outcomes and by increasing the quality of childcare centers, in the city of Milwaukee.

  • Programs that use evidence-based and culturally appropriate practices.
  • Programs that provide in-home education and supportive services to new and expectant parents.
  • Strategies and tools for early childhood educators to effectively improve outcomes for our children so they are ready to enter kindergarten.
  • Capital projects for building renovations, exterior improvements, and equipment upgrades, such as playground equipment, and security systems.

Recent Grants

Penfield Children’s Center: $100,000 to purchase and install a rubberized surface and new equipment for the agency’s outdoor playground to create a safe and fully accessible play area for children of all abilities between the ages of 1 and 6.

United Community Center: $100,000 to expand the parking lot and redesign the driveway at its child development center so parents and caregivers can safely drop off and pick up their children.

Wisconsin Policy Forum: $100,000 (over two years)to support the salary of two researchers who will focus on early child care and education and K-12 education.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care: $96,500 to complete construction of classroom space at its Bucyrus Campus so it can add more infants to its childcare program.

Next Door Foundation: $83,000 to install a new outdoor playground at its Capitol Drive site as well as convert a large classroom into an indoor gross motor play space designed around the unique developmental and safety needs of children ages birth to 3.

Saint Francis Children’s Center: $54,795 to purchase and install playground equipment, a butterfly garden and reading nook space at the center’s outdoor classroom.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation: $50,000 to expand its Ready to Read program, which provides literacy coaching to early childhood care and education teachers, to six additional classrooms in underserved neighborhoods for English and Spanish speaking child care providers.

Pathfinders Milwaukee: $50,000 to hire an assistant employment case manager for the agency’s Pathways to Employment program, which helps runaway and homeless youth increase their self-sufficiency and vocational readiness through a trauma-informed lens, targeted skill development workshops and group supported employment. Grant funds will also support program supplies, which include bus tickets and gift cards for supported employment incentives.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $40,000 to help purchase and install rubber surfacing, playground turf and age-appropriate equipment for children up to 4 years old at the agency’s Child Enrichment Center.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $25,000 to support a Reach Out and Read program coordinator at 16 clinics in Milwaukee and one in Waukesha. The program trains pediatricians and their staff to provide and prescribe books and reading aloud to foster language-rich interactions between parents and their young children.

City of Milwaukee Community Development Grant Administration: $25,000 to support the salary of a program coordinator who will develop the infrastructure for Fund My Future Milwaukee, a children’s savings account program.

Malaika Early Learning Center: $23,194 to replace water heaters in the early learning enter and school.

COA Youth & Family Center: $17,350 to provide professional development for 30 educators at its Burke Early Education Center in Amani to use the creative curriculum and provide free at-home learning kits for parents that include books and family activity guides.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $15,000 to provide onsite professional development by master trainers in CPR, first aid, medication administration and strategies focused on positive social and emotional well-being to ensure teachers are equipped to meet children’s medical needs and to promote children’s positive social behaviors.

Education Foundation of Brown Deer: $6,500 to support stipends for African American males participating in the African American Male Initiative Leaders-In-Training program.


For a complete listing of this quarter’s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process, visit Recent Grants.

Learn More

fenceroy1-web.jpgContact Senior Program Officer Jeannie Fenceroy to learn how you can help our community succeed in education.