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Category: Education

Q&A: Families Lead California

Left to right: Shiree Teng (Teng & Smith), Ernesto Saldana (Teng & Smith), Sergio Luna (ICUC). All photos by Masha Chernyak. All photos by Masha Chernyak. All photos by Masha Chernyak. As families across California continue to struggle with a host of social and economic stressors, the Foundation’s Families Lead California initiative seeks to support …

Dr. Rebecca Gomez Q&A with Child Care Aware of America

“We came so very close to getting a historic entitlement for child care in this country via Build Back Better, [and] even though we did not succeed, I think it’s important to recognize that advocates and organizers have, working in coalition, fundamentally changed the conversation about child care in this country,” said Dr. Rebecca Gomez in a Q&A with grantee Child Care Aware® of America.

3.2 Million Children Expected to Lose Child Care

At the end of last month, $39 billion in federal child-care funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act expired––and, as a result, more than three million children across the nation are expected to lose child care, with more than 70,000 child care programs likely to close. The Century Foundation (TCF), an Education grantee …

Rebecca Gomez Op-Ed Urges Congress to Invest in Child Care as $39 Billion in Federal Funding Expire

A vast majority of voters believe it’s important for working parents to be able to find and afford quality child care for young children. When Congress lets $39 billion in federal child-care funds made available through the American Rescue Plan Act expire at the end of this month, the consequences for providers, educators, families, and workers will be catastrophic.

Q&A With Grantee MomsRising: What President Biden’s Executive Order Means for Child Care

In April 2023, the Biden administration signed a historic Care Executive Order to expand access to affordable, high-quality care, and provide support for care workers and family caregivers. Notable provisions include directives to federal agencies to increase compensation for the early childhood workforce, increase subsidy reimbursement rates, strengthen benefits, and reduce family costs. It also …

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins Philanthropic Funders in Response to Supreme Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action

The Heising-Simons Foundation signed the following statement by funders and philanthropic organizations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

New Report: Grantee NASEM on Closing the Opportunity Gap for Young Children

When it comes to investing in equitable education opportunities for young children, factors related to the opportunity gap cannot be overlooked. For young children, some of these structural and institutional forces that maintain and exacerbate inequality include poverty, food insecurity, exposure to violence, inadequate access to health care, well-funded quality schools, and mental health care.

Q&A with Grantee UnboundEd: Finding Common Ground for Effective Literacy Instruction in California

In California, twenty percent of students attending public schools are classified as English learners, a term that identifies students who speak a language other than English at home, and who are learning English in other settings. As the state with the largest English learner population in the country, discussions on how to deliver appropriate reading …

New Initiative Lifts Up Early Childhood Practitioners in California with $2 Million in Awards

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program is pleased to share that Practitioners’ Voice California (PVCA), housed at Tides Foundation, has granted nearly $2 million to community-based organizations across California to build up the leadership power of early childhood practitioners. PVCA is supported by a consortium of foundations, including Heising-Simons Foundation.