2021 Grants Awarded: Early Childhood Development


Advocate Charitable Foundation$60,000Park Ridge, ILdescription
Advocate Children's Hospital Healthy Steps Program, in conjunction with Advocate Medical Group, will continue to engage and support physician practices serving socially-vulnerable communities to promote effective screening and management for child mental health issues and unmet social needs.
Build Initiative$50,000Boston, MAdescription
This grant provides general operating support to BUILD.
Child Care Services Association: TEACH$50,000Chapel Hill, NCdescription
This is a general operating support grant for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center.
Children Now$85,000Oakland, CAdescription
Children Now will leverage its research, policy development, network building and advocacy expertise to build support and momentum around laying the foundation for the next state administration and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to establish a new early childhood teacher credential.
Council for a Strong America$50,000Washington, DCdescription
Council for a Strong America (CSA) will build policymakers’ and the public’s support for increased investments in high-quality early childhood education and care, coupled with investments in a strong early childhood workforce, by elevating the voices of members from law enforcement and business communities in Illinois, California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Erikson Institute$140,000Chicago, ILdescription
A grant will support Erikson Institute's Early Teaching and Learning Academy and Policy and Leadership Department, which, through professional development opportunities and key policy initiatives, help young children gain equitable access to high-quality care and early educational experiences which set the foundation for optimal development, lifelong health, learning, and success.
First Up$50,000Philadelphia, PAdescription

This is a general operating support grant

HealthConnect One$40,000Chicago, ILdescription

Addressing the increased need for racial equity in health for birthing families, and building on the success of the  first year launch of its Birth Equity Action Network, a community-involved policy and advocacy project promoting birth equity, HealthConnect One will continue community-led advocacy and collective action.

Illinois Action for Children$80,000Chicago, ILdescription
This grant provides general operating support to Illinois Action for Children.
Jumpstart for Young Children Inc.$40,000Boston, MAdescription

This grant will support Jumpstart’s workforce development program in San Francisco and national workforce development. The Jumpstart/EDvance Practicum connects future teachers with high-quality coaching, mentorship, and guided hands-on experience, resulting in better outcomes for children and a sustainable, well-prepared pipeline of early educators.

Latino Policy Forum$60,000Chicago, ILdescription
This is a general operating grant to Latino Policy Forum.
National Association for the Education of Young Children$50,000Washington, DCdescription

Building on work carried out through current and previous Stone Grants, NAEYC will advance the quality of early childhood higher education programs by using NAEYC accreditation as a lever and engaging higher education leaders in championing investments in degree programs that prepare an effective, diverse, well-prepared and well-compensated ECE profession.

New America Foundation$80,000Washington, DCdescription
This grant supports New America's Early & Elementary Education Policy Program to continue to inject PreK-3rd grade policy ideas into the national education conversation and produce new policy insights to propel PreK-3rd reforms in states, school districts, communities, and schools.
New Venture Fund$60,000Washington, DCdescription

This grant supports the launch of a new child care movement network that engages partners and stakeholders across policy, research, communications, and organizing to center racial and gender equity in child care in order to create and enact a bold, equitable agenda.

ParentChild+$60,000Mineola, NYdescription
This grant provides general operating support to ParentChild+.
Pennsylvania Partnership for Children$100,000Harrisburg, PAdescription
This is a general operating grant to Pennsylvania Partnership for Children.
Research Foundation of CUNY$80,000New York, NYdescription
This is a general operating grant to the Research Foundation of the City University of New York.
Start Early$115,000Chicago, ILdescription
Start Early, formerly The Ounce, will: (1) Capitalize on opportunities to advance the early childhood (EC) system in Illinois; (2) Advance the EC workforce, and (3) Lift up learnings for Illinois to inform and benefit from national conversations.
Strategies for Children$100,000Boston, MAdescription
This grant supports Strategies for Children to ensure that increasing public investments and policies are aligned, scalable and targeted to improve the lives of low-income children.
The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley$100,000Berkeley, CAdescription
This is a general operating grant to the Center for the Study of Childcare Employment.
The University of Colorado, Denver$50,000Denver, COdescription
Few principal preparation programs in institutions of higher education (IHE) incorporate meaningful attention to early childhood. The National P-3 Center will convene principal preparation faculty and P-3 leadership thinkers. The goal is to produce both a product and a group of IHE leaders that inspire additional engagement on this topic.