Caplan Foundation for Early ChildhoodDeadline: September 30, 2018
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that may improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration, and childcare.
Grants are made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application. The Foundation’s goal is to provide seed money to implement those imaginative proposals that exhibit the greatest chance of improving the lives of young children, on a national scale.
The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.