Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood: Grants for Early Childhood Education

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

IP TAKE: Grantseekers should note that Caplan only awards grants for one year—no multi-year funding.

PROFILE: Frank and Theresa Caplan are considered pioneers in the development of educational toys for kids. In 1949, Frank co-founded 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 childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

The foundation's Early Childhood Welfare program is interested in researching and identifying the child-rearing practices that best 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 about $20,000 to $100,000. Giving is diverse, and includes support for research into the effects of learning a second language as well as testing the efficacy of play and question-based instruction in early science education. To get a broader sense of the work Caplan supports, explore its grants list.

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

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