How Rainin's New Education Initiative Pushes for Parent Involvement at Home

Paired with a high-profile ad campaign, the Rainin Foundation is rolling out a new early literacy initiative that helps parents talk, read and sing to their infants and toddlers every day. To learn more about the new initiative, I spoke the foundation’s Director of Education Strategies & Ventures, Susan True.
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Inside SVCF’s New Center for Early Learning

Earlier this month, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) announced the formation of a new center aimed at improving early childhood education programs in the Silicon Valley. Avo Makdessian will be the program’s new director, leaving his previous position of Policy Director at First 5 Santa Clara County.
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Here's Why McCormick Is Funding ECE Work by the Latino Policy Forum

In the state of Illinois, 26% of children under the age of five are Latino. To provide Spanish-speaking Latino children with better opportunities for success in English-speaking schools, the McCormick Foundation teamed up with Chicago's Latino Policy Forum.
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What's Behind Buffett's Selective ECE Giving?

When a foundation carries Warren Buffett's name, there’s a perception that billions of dollars are available for grantseekers. But that’s not the case with the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, one of the leading early childhood education funders in the U.S.

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Education Avengers Assemble: Major Funders Tackle Advocacy Efforts Together

Many major childhood education funders have aligned behind two national advocacy groups — the First Five Years Fund and the Alliance for Early Success — to help shape public opinion. Simply put, learning begins in the first five years of life.

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How Philanthropists Are Investing in a Charter-Like Network of Early Learning Centers

There's plenty of research to show that when the youngest learners — from birth to five years old — are exposed to educational opportunities, they’re much more likely to succeed later in school. So it makes sense that philanthropists are investing in early childhood learning: it provides a promising social return.

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Nail the Metrics: Grant Evaluation for Early Childhood Learning is Tricky

Measuring success can be challenging in early childhood education philanthropy. Unlike elementary and secondary students, it’s difficult for organizations to test younger learners and compile data to show concrete learning gains. How does one test the youngest students between birth to five years old? Clearly, a standardized test isn’t a reliable option.
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Barbie's Dream Charity

Mattel — the maker of the petroleum-based, anatomically vague dolls some believe responsible for afflicting masses of American youth with body dysmorphia — gives to early childhood education. They gave $500,000 along with an untold number of their toys to the Save the Children program in early 2011. As the press release explains, the Mattel company "believes that play matters." So does free advertising, right?

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4 Steps for Early Childhood: McCormick Foundation Rescues Illinois Preschoolers

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, what is the conversion rate for $5 million? That's how much the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will provide over the next two years for "early care and education initiatives" in the state of Illinois. How much more valuable does that $5 million become when nearly 5,000 kids got cut from the Preschool For All Service as a result of budget cuts? How about when you find out that they plan to prune it again this year by another $25 million?

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