Delta Health Alliance Receives $5 Million Grant

Delta Health Alliance Receives $5 Million Grant

Aim is to improve early childhood education in Indianola

(Stoneville, MS)  The Delta Health Alliance announced today it has received a $5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  The three year grant will be used to fund innovative programs to improve early childhood education in Indianola.

According to Karen Fox, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “The Kellogg Foundation is one of the top foundations in the country, and we are honored they have chosen us to put into practice their early childhood vision.  This grant will solidify our Indianola Promise Community project and expand our outreach to more children in Indianola.”

Tony the TigerFox said the grant has five major goals:

  • Increase early childhood provider quality and financial stability
  • Increase early literacy skills of incoming kindergarten students
  • Increase parental involvement in school improvement
  • Increase teacher effectiveness in K-3 classrooms in Indianola schools
  • Lower the retention rate of kindergarten and first grade students in Indianola schools

The Delta Health Alliance assembled a large group of partners to develop the Kellogg grant.  They include the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation, City of Indianola, Mississippi State University, and Parents for Public Schools/Jackson.  “Through this collaborative effort,” said Fox, “we hope to reach more than 1,200 children.”

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.

DHA’s Indianola Promise Community, a program modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, is a cradle to college initiative that is transforming Indianola through various opportunities, including many upcoming summer programs for pre-schoolers through age 18.

For more information about Delta Health Alliance and the Indianola Promise Community, go to www.deltahealthalliance.org and follow us on www.facebook.com/dhaorg