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In poorer neighborhoods there are fewer social options for youth and destructive opportunities are every-where. Options for quality education, sports fields and physical fitness programs, and healthy food and nutrition programs, combat this situation and contribute to increased opportunity for success.
In the Kansas City area, LISC has primarily supported youth development through:
Additionally, as the local site for the nation's largest community development organization, Kansas City has access to a number of National LISC programs:
Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK)
Quality early care and education is a proven means for preparing children for future academic success and a necessity for working parents. Yet virtually every low-income neighborhood lacks an adequate supply of quality child care facilities. To help meet these needs, LISC's Community Investment Collaborative for Kids (CICK) offers financial and technical assistance to develop and improve child care centers. CICK brings public officials, child care providers, philanthropies, and other stakeholders to the table to devise comprehensive and innovative solutions to child care supply and quality problems.
Educational Facilities Financing Center
Access to good public education ranks high on everyone's list as a foundation for a healthy neighborhood. Yet, attaining sufficient facilities stands as the biggest hurdle for both new and existing public charter and alternative schools. With initial support from the Walton Family Foundation, LISC established the Educational Facilities Financing Center (EFFC) in 2003 to undertake a three-pronged approach to LISC's efforts in the educational facilities arena.
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