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Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline: September 30, 2017

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development projects that may ultimately enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country.

Grants are made with the expectation that a successful project outcome will be of significant interest to other investigators or developers, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and will be amenable to beneficial application or adaptation elsewhere. In essence, the foundation’s goal is to provide seed money for those imaginative endeavors, addressed to the needs of young children, which appear most likely to bear fruit on a national scale.

The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

  1. Early Childhood Welfare: The Foundation supports programs that research the best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world.
  2. Early Childhood Education and Play: The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research-based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
  3. Parenting Education: The Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Amount: The average past award size ranged from approximately $25,000-$100,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations.

Link: http://earlychildhoodfoundation.org/

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