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News and Stories from Stone, its Grantees, and the Issues it invests in.

Joint Committee on Early Education and Care Hearing

September 19, 2023
The Massachusetts Legislature is listening! Last week, the Joint Committee on Education held an informational hearing on early education and care in Massachusetts. Thanks to Committee Co-Chairs, Representative Denise Garlick and Senator Jason Lewis for organizing the hearing and listening to many different perspectives on the state of early education and care across the state. A recording of the event is posted here. Speaking at the hearing, Patrick Tutwiler, the state’s education secretary, said that as Massachusetts moves through the pandemic, it is essential “stabilize, heal, and transform” early education and care.

Sandra Treacy, Executive Director from 1999-2013

September 21, 2023
Sandra Treacy (Executive Director, 1999-2013) died peacefully in her sleep at her home in San Francisco on September 17th, 2023 with her husband Robert and son Daniel by her side. ...In 1999, Sandra began the last leg of her employment career as the Executive Director of a family foundation, the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation, awarding grants in the areas of education, early education, and youth development. In selecting initiatives to fund, Sandra scoured the country to identify exemplary organizations and to award grants to nonprofits with innovative approaches to effecting positive change. In doing so, she drew upon her wealth of experience in the field of education as well as her appreciation of the challenges faced by nonprofits working within that field. In all of leadership positions, Sandra was an innovative thinker, an articulate communicator, and a generous mentor. Her grace, style, fortitude and verve were an inspiration to many.

Foundation Grantee: Californians for Justice and Youth Voice improving District Schools

July 19, 2023
In 2013, California passed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The funding formula is intended to improve student outcomes and increase equity by providing more resources to districts with larger populations of low-income students, English language learners, and foster youth. Additionally, LCFF requires that stakeholder groups, including students, are included as districts develop their Local […]

Early childhood supporters: New state budget steers funds into much-needed services for kids, parents

June 9, 2023
As early childhood funders with a long history of working collaboratively with public sector partners, we applaud Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly for passing a new state budget that includes Smart Start, a significant investment in prenatal to age 5 services — including child care, home visiting, early intervention, and infant/toddler and preschool programs.

Youth Organizers Build Alliances to Win the World We Need

May 10, 2023
Throughout modern history, young people–particularly young people of color, young women, working-class, queer and trans youth–have been at the forefront of movements for justice and equality. From the sit-ins of the Civil Rights movement to the anti-apartheid struggle to the recent uprisings against police brutality, young people time and again have taken actions to spark movements.

Black girls' education is fundamentally inequitable in Pennsylvania, a new study says. Here are eight fixes.

May 4, 2023
Black girls are too often subjected to discriminatory dress and grooming codes in Pennsylvania schools. They often endure racial or sexist slurs and curricula that are not responsive to their life experiences. And though they sometimes struggle socially and emotionally because of these conditions, adequate supports are not always available.

More than a Form: Rethinking Grantee Relationships

April 27, 2023
In this issue, three practitioners share how their grantmaking strategies have shifted, what movement they see in the sector at large, and how those in philanthropy looking to make a change can get started. Philanthropy’s often onerous reporting and evaluation requirements is a longstanding problem for many of our grantees At best, they are distracted by critical work being funded, and at worst, they are locked out of funding opportunities altogether. This has been acutely felt among grassroots organizations rooted in Black and Latino communities. Joining us in this conversation is Sara Slaughter, Executive Director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, Rachel Herzing, Program Officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Nahir Torres, Senior Program Officer at the Hyams Foundation.

New report shines light on Illinois Early Childhood System

March 15, 2023
Early Childhood Educators Set Illinois Kids on the Path to Success, a new report from Council for a Strong America-Illinois focuses on one vital aspect of efforts to improve [the Illinois early childhood] picture. It notes that the most fundamental features of solid early learning programs include “highly-qualified staff who are well-trained both before and during their service and who are adequately supported and compensated.” Yet in Illinois, child care teachers earn an average of only $28,730 per year and preK teachers about $35,840, compared with $65,790 for kindergarten educators. In birth-to-3 programs, the disparities are even more bleak.