Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports organizations that address various challenges related to early childhood education and development.

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should note that Caplan only awards grants for one year. It does not support multi-year funding.

PROFILE: Frank and Theresa Caplan are considered “pioneers” in the development of educational toys for kids. In 1949, Frank Caplan cofounded Creative Playthings, a toy company specializing in creative and imaginative educational toys. In 1975, the Caplans established the Princeton Center for Infancy and Early Childhood. In 2014, the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood was established to “incubate innovation and research addressing the needs of children from birth through age seven.” The foundation supports early ehildhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

The foundation's Early Childhood Welfare program focuses on researching and identifying the best child rearing practices that foster loving and caring environments to help children thrive. The program supports organizations that work to improve the quality of early childhood education. It also funds projects that provide cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Grants range from around $20,000 to $100,000. Caplan's giving is diverse, and also supports research projects about the effects of children learning a second language as well as those testing the efficacy of play and question-based instruction in early science education. To get a broader sense of the type of work Caplan supports, explore its grants list.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry. The deadline for submissions is May 31.


  • Richard Caplan, Director
  • Judith Inglese, Director and President