Buffett Early Childhood Fund: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Buffett Early Childhood Fund supports practice, policy and science aimed at improving outcomes for at-risk children in the U.S. The fund partners with other organizations to run and evaluate Educare, a network of high quality early education schools operating in 13 states. In addition to many national programs, the fund supports many organizations operating in Nebraska.

IP TAKE: The Buffett Early Childhood Fund runs its signature Educare network of early childhood schools in collaboration with other nonprofit organizations. It also supports child development research at leading institutes and universities and organizations that inform early childhood policy on state and national levels. A separate initiative supports organizations operating in Nebraska. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: The Buffet Early Childhood Fund was established in 2005 by Susan A. Buffett, the daughter of investor Warren Buffett. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, the fund "invests in practice, policy and science to maximize the potential of the youngest and most vulnerable children and their families in Nebraska and across America." Its national funding initiatives are practice, policy and science. Buffett also runs a funding line to support early childhood learning and services in the state of Nebraska.

The Buffett Early Childhood Fund's practice initiative consists of its signature Educare program, a partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund and many other organizations that run 21 early high-performing early childhood schools in 13 states. The fund's policy initiative supports the Alliance for Early Success, a national organization working at the state level to educate decision-makers about early childhood factors that predict success in school, and the First Five Years Fund, which "seeks to increase the number of policymakers, private foundations and business leaders who believe in the value of supporting young children early, intensively and over time." Buffett's science program supports the Harvard Center on the Developing Child, an institute that prioritizes research aimed at improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children in the U.S., and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, which evaluates the Educare program.  Buffett also supports the research of Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman, who uncovers the economic value of supporting high quality early childhood initiatives. 

In Nebraska, Buffett supports a wide range of organizations and agencies that target the 11 counties where 64 percent of the state's at-risk children reside. One grantee, the Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative and Exchange, works with multiple early childhood education providers to improve program quality and administrative efficiency. Another recipient, Project Harmony, provides victims of child abuse with medical, social and advocacy services.

The Buffett Early Childhood Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals, but provides contact information for its staff on its website.


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