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New Initiative Seeks to Center Expertise of Early Learning Practitioners in California

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to support the Tides Foundation’s new grantmaking effort seeking to center the expertise of early learning practitioners in the policy process in California. This new effort is also supported by Tipping Point Community, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and California Community Foundation.

New Evaluation Tool for Education Funders Supporting Parent-Led Organizations

Funders for Family Leadership (FFL) has launched the Philanthropic Self-Reflection Tool for Equitable Parent Partnership for education funders and funder collaboratives supporting parent-led organizations.

Podcast: Talking Early Math With Education Program Officer Kim Brenneman and Grantee TERC

Marlene Kliman, senior scientist at grantee TERC, and Kim Brenneman, program officer of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation, join grantee Reach Out and Read’s podcast to talk about the foundational principles of early math learning, and the importance of fostering positive math attitudes, confidence, and learning among all children.

Preparing 100,000 STEM Teachers for American Classrooms: Q&A With 100Kin10

It’s no secret that U.S. students lag behind many developed nations in mathematical proficiency, and that our country could be doing a lot more to close that gap––for example, recognizing the critical role of early mathematics education in children’s long-term success, acknowledging the inequities in the current system, and seeking change by employing solutions that can improve educational practices on a large scale.

New Multilingual Learning Toolkit for California Early Childhood Educators: Q&A With Grantee Early Edge

One-third of young children in the U.S. live in a household where a language other than English is spoken by a parent or caregiver. In some regions, like the Heising-Simons  Foundation’s home state of California, the majority of children under six years of age are dual-language learners, meaning that they are learning two or more languages at the same time. These emerging bilingual students are a rich asset, pointing to a multilingual future where all children have the opportunity to thrive. This promise cannot be realized unless and until educators have the skills and resources they need to offer effective instruction designed with multi-lingual learners in mind.

Barbara Chow Shares New Insights on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in GrantCraft

GrantCraft, a service of Candid that provides data-driven tools and access to knowledge about the social sector, has published a new interview with Barbara Chow about diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the philanthropic sector. Barbara Chow is the director of the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. In 2018 she authored a GrantCraft leadership …

The Early Educator Investment Collaborative Awards $10.4M For Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Programs

The Early Educator Investment Collaborative (The Collaborative) has announced $10.4 million in grants to support partnerships between institutions of higher education (IHEs) and states or tribal nations to transform early educator preparation programs. The Heising-Simons Foundation is a founding member of The Collaborative. The grant recipients are California State University, Sacramento; College of Menominee Nation; …

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins the Care for All with Respect and Equity (CARE) Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying economic recession have revealed what many working families with young children and those of us in the early childhood education field have known for years: equitable access to high-quality early childhood education is not only important for the learning and development of young children, but it is also essential infrastructure for our economy.

An Unprecedented Public Investment in Children, Families, and the Early Childhood Education Workforce

Last week, the White House announced the American Families Plan (AFP), a proposal focusing on investing in child care and early education, K-12 education, higher education, and tax policy. It represents the most significant, broad-based federal investment in education and families since the New Deal.