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Category: Education

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.

Grantee EDvance College Receives College Accreditation

EDvance College, a grantee partner of the Foundation’s Education program, has received college accreditation from WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a move that will allow early childhood educators to receive a bachelor’s degree while maintaining employment in the field.

Storytelling Math Honored with 2023 Mathical Book Prizes

Storytelling Math, a collaboration between Education grantee partner TERC and Charlesbridge Publishing, won multiple awards at the 2023 Mathical Book Prize, announced on February 15. Again, Essie! by Jenny Lacika won the Mathical Award for Pre-Kindergarten books, and Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight was one of two Honor Books for Pre-Kindergarten.

“1,800 Days: The Story of Early Childhood in the U.S.” Podcast – Q&A with Erikson Institute

Since 2017, the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program has been supporting the Erikson Institute, an independent graduate school for early childhood development, education, and social work.

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.