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

Wisconsin Reading Corps: $54,227 to add five full-time tutors who will provide one-on-one supplemental reading instruction to a minimum of 75 students reading below grade level during the 2017-2018 school year.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation: $35,000 to hire additional bilingual early literacy educators as part of its Ready to Read program who will serve Spanish-speaking preschool classrooms and expand bilingual parent workshops for non-English speaking families.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $25,000 to support its SPARK early literacy program, which will serve 225 students in K5 through third grade reading below grade level during the 2017-2018 school year.

SHARP Literacy: $25,000 for its program in Waukesha, which will serve about 200 students who will help produce the book “We Love to Learn,” specifically for Waukesha County schools.

Seton Catholic Schools: $17,500 for the school’s master reading instructors to work with 300 third graders reading below grade level.

Penfield Children’s Center: $15,000 to support 114 K3 through first grade Montessori students achieve measurable growth based on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. 

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.