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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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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The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.

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Testing Ground: A Closer Look at a Big Push on Early Childhood in Detroit

Testing Ground: A Closer Look at a Big Push on Early Childhood in Detroit

Two longstanding funders in Detroit recently pledged $50 million to help kids there. Meanwhile, some newcomers have arrived on the scene with deep pockets for anti-poverty work. Can all this move the needle? 

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Childcare Hasn’t Gained Much Traction with Funders. Who's Trying to Change That?

Childcare Hasn’t Gained Much Traction with Funders. Who's Trying to Change That?

Despite the popularity of early childhood education initiatives among funders, few have pushed for accessible and affordable childcare. The Ms. Foundation is making a strong case for doing more. 

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