W. K. Kellogg Foundation Grant

In May 2015, we received a one-year planning grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to gather data and have conversations with families living in poverty, identifying issues that keep them from being successful, as they define success, for themselves and their children. Throughout the following year, information was gathered from 356 parents over 30+ breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We compiled the results from the surveys and conversations and in June 2016 hosted a Report to the Community luncheon to present our findings to community leaders.

We then presented those findings to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Upon reviewing our research and recommendations, in early 2017 they awarded us with a 2-year grant totaling $900,000. This 2-year funding will be used to hire staff and implement programs to help parents and children living in poverty access the resources they need to be more successful and enhance the resources for those providing home-based care. 


Mary Edwards - Project Manager, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
mmedwards@chamblisscenter.org • 423-698-2456, ext. 249


Parent Resource Advocates

Our Parent Resource Advocates assist, support and encourage families, and help them navigate community services.


Beth Irwin; Parent Resource Advocate, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant (Chambliss Center for Children Main Campus and Pro Re Bona Early Learning Center)
beirwin@chamblisscenter.org  •  423-682-0173

Samantha Crisp; Parent Resource Advocate, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant (Maurice Kirby Child Care Center, Children's Academy for Education & Learning, Volunteer Community School, Newton Child Development Center and Chambliss Center for Children-Red Bank)  

sncrisp@chamblisscenter.org  •  423-682-0094 



Child Care Coaching

Do you take care of children in your home for pay?

Click HERE for information on how we can help, or call one of our staff listed below.


Shwanna Heard; Child Care Coach, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
sdheard@chamblisscenter.org  •  423-682-0154