Keene Housing Kids Collaborative (KHKC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving kids that live in housing owned or managed by Keene Housing, including Housing Choice voucher holders. We also serve kids in select Southwestern Community Services (SCS) housing properties in Keene (CitySide and Keene Highlands), Swanzey (Swanzey Township) and Winchester (Woodcrest). Our mission is building the foundation for successful adulthood. We do this by giving kids access to opportunities and experiences in the community that will help them gain confidence, have fun, learn, get ready for kindergarten, do well in elementary school, and exit high school with the tools that will help them become economically independent adults.
Why does it matter?
Research indicates that children’s economic mobility is linked to their parents income with 65% of kids born into poverty staying there through adulthood.
According to ExpandED Schools, kids who are born into poverty are less likely to experience the same kinds of enriched learning — such as preschool, summer camp or after-school activities — as their middle class peers. By 6th grade, this gap can add up to 6,000 hours of lost learning. To put that in perspective, 6,000 hours is the equivalent of five years in the classroom. You can read more here and watch the video below.
– The experiences of childhood shape adulthood
– Investing in children is investing in the future of our community
– All children deserve the chance to reach their maximum potential
– Partnering with parents is critical to our success
– There is power in collaboration
How To Partner With Us
The community benefits when all children have an equal chance to be an active part of that community.
We believe kids, wherever they live, should be part of the community, not apart from the community. That’s why we don’t have centralized programming on site at Keene Housing properties. Instead, we partner with community organizations that are already providing excellent programming for kids. If you are an organization that serves kids, works with kids, advocates for kids or cares about kids, we would love to partner with you.