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About Coalition for Kids

Our Story

Coalition for Kids promotes the positive development and well-being of children and families in our community.

We recognize that many factors influence whether children become vulnerable or resilient. Children’s development is shaped not only by parents, but also by family, teachers, schools and neighborhoods. Broaders socio-economic, social, and cultural forces also have an impact.

In addition to focusing on children’s development, we must create strong families to serve as the foundation for our community.

We enable collaborative partnerships to create a positive learning environment for children and families – while encouraging them to be healthy, educated and self-sufficient.


CFK Announces Big Changes

Grants Pass, OR—The Board of Coalition for Kids is officially announcing that on August 31, 2018, child care services provided directly by the organization will be suspended.  Through collaboration with community partners these services will be transitioned to other high quality providers with the intention that no interruptions in the care and education for the children and families currently being served by the program will be experienced.

“As a Board, we believe the best way we can continue to serve the community is to bring the many partners working for the health, well-being, and care of young children and their families together to look at some old and familiar challenges in new and bold ways.  Our children need quality child care and experiences before entering Kindergarten that prepare them for school readiness.  Our families need opportunities for social connection, learning about their children’s development, and learning how to access concrete supports in times of need.  There is a real opportunity to clarify what the needs are and then to work together to provide resources and supports to help families thrive,” shares Kirk Brust, Chair of the Board.

During the next few months, Coalition for Kids will offer a series of Community Listening Sessions at which the public can contribute their thoughts to the organization’s 2020 Vision.  Each session will include time to share about the needs of children and those caring for them in Josephine County, as well as a platform for generating ideas for how to address each.  Information about Listening Session times and locations will be published on CFK’s Facebook page, @CoalitionForKids.GP. Childcare, translation services, and transportation assistance will be available for those wishing to attend.

Coalition for Kids looks forward to serving the children and families in Josephine County for many years to come. For more information about this press release, please contact Kirk Brust at 541-218-6685.


Coalition for Kids is recognized as a leader in serving and supporting children and families in Josephine County

  • Strong, nurturing families
  • Healthy, thriving children
  • Educational progress and success
  • Caring communities and systems