St Francis Hospital Receives Grant For Preschool & Childcare Center

Pictured are Dr. Katy Strickland, NWMSU, and Megan Jennings, St. Francis Hospital Foundation.

CollaborACTION and Outcomes for Kids Grant recipients were recently announced at the Heartland Foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Two CollaborACTION grant recipients recognized to receive funding this coming year include SSM Health St. Francis Hospital and Northwest Missouri State University.  The grant awards are geared to provide startup funding for new, collaborative, innovative projects that have the potential to impact education attainment and workforce development.

The first project funded in the amount of $29,000 was the New SSM Health Preschool & Child Care Center. Collaborative partners include SSM Health St. Francis Hospital, Community Services, Inc., Kawasaki Manufacturing, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville Parks and Recreation, and St. Francis Hospital Foundation.  This project will:

  • Meet the growing needs of early childhood development in Nodaway and surrounding counties;
  • Ensure kindergarten readiness
  • Create vestibular activity and sensory integration in classrooms and gross motor spaces.
  • Create strong families, stronger teachers, and a stronger workforce

A second award of $4,437 was granted to fund a collaborative project including Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Foundation, Maryville R-II School District, Maryville R-II Educational Foundation, and various artists. The project intends to:

  • Provide an opportunity for interested students to learn how passion for the arts can be transformed into a fulfilling career path, and
  • Highlight various art forms (i.e. music, visual arts, and dance/theatre movement).

Heartland Foundation is looking forward to working with representatives from these new and innovative projects.

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