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Category: Education

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.

Storytelling Math Books Awarded Two 2021 Mathical Book Prizes

Two books that are part of grantee TERC’s Storytelling Math series have been awarded the 2021 Mathical Book Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding fiction and literary nonfiction for youth ages 2-18 that inspires them to see math in the world around them.

Families Lead California: Building the Influence and Power of Families to Lead

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce a new initiative of the Foundation’s Education program to help build the power of families to lead their children’s learning, and to influence systems and policy change. The Families Lead California initiative has two goals: to support community-based organizations that strengthen the pipeline of diverse parent leaders, and …

Resources to Support Educators Regarding Attack on U.S. Capitol

In the wake of the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, several leaders in the education field have put together resources for educators who wish to guide discussions and make space for reflection with their students. Please see a list below. We may add to this list as more resources become available.

New Grantee Report on Supporting Early Math Development for Dual Language Learners

With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, Bellwether Education Partners has released a report identifying promising strategies to support early math learning for dual language learners (DLLs), both in the classroom and at home with their families.

Storytelling Math: Celebrating Math, Diversity, and the Power of Storytelling

With support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, TERC has released Storytelling Math, a new series of books for young children that celebrates math, diversity, and the power of storytelling.

COVID-19 Response: First Large-Scale Study of Child Care Workforce Risks During Pandemic

In the first-ever large-scale assessment of the risk of working in child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at Yale University have found that child care programs that remained open throughout the pandemic did not contribute to the spread of the virus to providers.

COVID-19 Response & Beyond: Report Highlights Parents, Providers, and Field Perspectives to Inform Early Childhood Grantmaking

In collaboration with The Bridgespan Group and The Education Trust, we are pleased to share a report to inform conversations, decisions, and actions that early childhood funders might take in 2021 from the perspective of what parents, providers, and field leaders have named as most critical in working towards a more equitable early childhood system.

Beyond Screens: Digital Apps to Support Young Children’s Healthy Learning and Development

Let’s face it, when we think about supporting the healthy development of our youngest learners, leveraging technology––and, specifically, mobile apps––may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents and teachers are looking for technology solutions to help maintain connections and encourage learning when being at school may not be possible.