Annie E. Casey Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW:  The Annie E. Casey Foundation has a long history of supporting child wellness, with a focus on "advancing child welfare and juvenile justice," "promoting economic opportunity for working families," and "creating community change for kids and parents. The foundation works mainly with child welfare agencies, policymakers, and legislators, providing empirical support for funding and legislation supporting underserved and at-risk children.

IP TAKE:  The Annie E. Casey Foundation runs many in-house programs and initiatives that aim to improve policy and increase funding for early childhood programming and services. This funder shares its research findings openly with nonprofit and governmental organizations, but does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding. 

PROFILE: The Annie. E. Casey Foundation was established in 1948 by Jim Casey, the founder of the United Parcel Service of America (UPS) in honor of his mother, Annie, who, as a widow, raised Jim and his three younger siblings on her own in the Seattle, Washington area in the late 1800s. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the foundation is committed to "strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed." The foundation's initiatives are child welfare, juvenile justice, KIDS COUNT, economic opportunity, community change, evidence-based practice, leadership development, research and policy and equity and inclusion.

The Casey Foundation's extensive work in the early childhood field stem from its child welfare, KIDS COUNT, and research and policy initiatives. The child welfare program prioritizes children who have been abused or neglected, and runs an in-house Child Welfare Strategy Group, which consults with welfare agencies at the state level to implement practices that improve outcomes for abused and neglected children. Through its work with the foundation's child welfare initiative, the state of Connecticut was able to reduce the number of children who were removed from their homes and the number of children placed in state facilities. Casey's KIDS COUNT initiative provides "state legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tolls needed to advance sound policies that benefit children and families." The Michigan League for Public Policy worked with KIDS COUNT to advocate for increased state funding for early childhood education and health programs. In the area of research and policy, the foundation invests in studies that evaluate the "ideas and approaches" that are the most effective solutions for ameliorating the lives of children in the U.S. and disseminates its findings to inform decisions about funding and policy. In this vein, the foundation has contributed to in the Alliance for Rural Impact, which aims to reduce poverty in rural and tribal communities. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation limits its grantmaking to the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It awards over 1,000 grants each year, with an average grant amount of $86,000. Information about the foundation's grantees is available at the Foundation Center website. The foundation also makes much of its data and research findings available nonprofit and public institutions.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or inquiries. General inquiries may be made via the foundation's website.

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