Joyce Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Joyce Foundation supports early childhood education organizations that ensure children's access to quality public education beginning at a young age.  

IP TAKE: This funder’s early childhood education grantmaking focuses on helping children from low-income communities.

PROFILE: Beatrice Joyce Kean, the heir to her family's lumber and industrial fortune, founded the Joyce Foundation in 1948 and bequeathed nearly $100 million to the foundation upon her death in 1972. Based in Chicago, the foundation "invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region." The foundation operates five funding initiatives: education and economic mobility, environmentgun violence prevention and justice reform, culture and democracy.

Support for early childhood education stems from Joyce’s education and economic mobility program, which seeks to "increase economic mobility through equitable access to high-quality education and jobs." The foundation does so by supporting organizations and projects that support teaching quality, pathways to college and careers, and innovation in teaching. Past Joyce Foundation early childhood education grantees include the New America Foundation, which received a grant for its work to improve the early childhood workforce in the Great Lakes Region. For a broader sense of the types of early childhood education organizations Joyce supports, explore its grants database.

The Joyce Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOI) throughout the year and recommends that applicants submit LOIs at least six to eight weeks before proposal deadlines.

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