KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The architect of an educational program that has lifted the lives of people in a large swath of Harlem will be in Kansas City to discuss the importance of childhood education.
Geoffrey Canada started the Harlem Children's Zone in 1997. It now serves more than 8,000 children and their families in 100 city blocks. The system coordinates efforts of schools, social services and health clinics.
The Kansas City Star reports Kansas City lost a bid for federal funding from a program based on the Harlem model.
Canada will be in Kansas City Thursday to encourage city and school leaders to continue their efforts. He'll speak at a luncheon in support of the Kansas City summer Freedom Schools.