Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

Philanthropist Turned Governor: What Can J.B. Pritzker do to Expand Opportunity in Illinois?

After years of ramping up his giving to help poor children in Illinois and beyond, billionaire heir J.B. Pritzker spent $171 million to get himself elected governor. What could Pritzker’s win mean for public-private partnerships in the state?

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Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Too Small to Fail: An Early Childhood Literacy Program Expands with New Funding

Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.

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Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

More donors have been drawn to early education as mounting evidence shows the importance of intervening in the first five years of children’s lives. The latest convert: a deep-pocketed San Diego businessman named Guy Clum.

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Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Primed: The Future of Bezos Education Giving Takes Shape

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are poised to become the biggest national funders of early childhood learning. We explore how their new effort will build on work already underway and could shape trends in this space.

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The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Starting Line: Behind a Push by Foundations to Expand Access to Childcare in Their Cities

The Reinvestment Fund is coordinating work with grantmakers in several cities to expand the availability of high-quality childcare. The work is growing as more funders zero in on a critical niche that’s long been overlooked.

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Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

Parents as Teachers: Another Way Funders Seek to Bolster Early Childhood Learning

The Ballmer Group is among a growing number of grantmakers looking to reach kids before they start school. One strategy is helping parents do a better job of fostering their children’s development.

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On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers

Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.

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The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

The Real Estate Investor Betting on Big Returns from a Local Early Reading Program

A growing number of funders want to ensure that children can read by third grade. We explore how a major donor in New York came to this cause and got behind a nonprofit helping teachers do better at teaching reading.

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A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

A New Strategy is Bringing in Millions for Public Schools in St. Louis

Public education funds are entities that act as conduits between private donors and public school districts. They’ve thrived in Washington, D.C., and New York. But can this model also succeed elsewhere?

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An Old Foundation with a New Strategy Expands Its Early Childhood Work

An Old Foundation with a New Strategy Expands Its Early Childhood Work

More funders keep appearing on the early childhood learning scene. We look at why a family foundation that’s been around for a half-century is now ramping up in this area, most recently with an eight-figure gift.

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A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

A Major Gift Underscores the Role of Childcare Providers in Early Learning

Millions of infants and toddlers are stuck in mediocre childcare that can hurt their development. Funders are finally paying more attention, including in Philadelphia, where $3 million is flowing to help caregivers do a better job.

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What's Next for an Early Childhood Initiative With Big Plans, Backed by Big Donors?

What's Next for an Early Childhood Initiative With Big Plans, Backed by Big Donors?

The Pritzker Children’s Initiative last year pledged $6.5 million to a national program to encourage early childhood learning from infancy to age three. We now know more of what’s in store for this one-year pilot.

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