Brady Education Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Brady Education Foundation funds evaluations of existing early childhood and K-12 programs that have the potential to impact policy and practice in the fields of education and child development.

IP TAKE: The Brady Education Foundation maintains a narrow focus on the evaluation of programs serving early childhood and K-12 populations. Projects are selected based on the program's potential to impact public policy, funding and practice. The foundation accepts stage one applications on an ongoing basis.

PROFILE: The Brady Education Foundation was established in 1954 by William H. Brady, a founding member of the National Review. It is currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and led by Elizabeth Pugnello Bruno, the granddaughter of William Brady and a Professor of  Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina. The foundation funds "program evaluations in education that have the potential of informing public policy and private funding," prioritizing programs that "are consistent with a strength-based approach and show promise of being feasible, accessible and sustainable."

The Brady Education Foundation works with existing early childhood and K-12 programs exclusively, and funded projects generally consist of quantitative analyses to establish the efficacy and outcomes of these programs. One funded project, an evaluation of the Food for Thought Program, seeks to establish the efficacy of a "culturally sensitive family literacy program for low-income Latino kindergartners and their parents" in North Carolina. Another study assesses the impact of a theater arts program on a diverse sample of low-income preschoolers' school readiness. The foundation has also partnered with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, the American Montessori Society and several universities to launch the Montessori Initiative, which will investigate the effectiveness of Montessori education across diverse cultural groups and assess whether Montessori instruction "moderates the effects of lower family income" on school readiness.

Brady Education Foundation grants range from $20,000 to $400,000, with an average grant size of about $250,000. Funding is limited to the United States and to evaluations of existing programs serving early childhood and K-12 populations and their families. A list of grantees and application guidelines are posted on the foundation's website.

This funder runs an open, two-stage application process and accepts stage one applications at any time via email.


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