For more than 10 years, the Heising-Simons Foundation has made grants that reflect our deep care for, and interest in, young children and their education. It’s a child’s early years of life that are especially formative and we, among many other champions of early childhood education, recognize that this is the time to lay the foundation for the future.
Early care and education exists at the intersection of health, welfare, and education. Each of these fields is governed by its own set of values and political constraints, which can result in policy fragmentation and a lack of coherence. This fragmentation affects access to, and the quality of, the programs and services needed to support… Continue Reading
Some of the greatest gains for children come through effective teaching practices delivered in high-quality learning environments. The Effective Practice portfolio supports effective practices within the systems and settings in which children develop and learn. The goal of this strategy is to improve educational proficiency rates for young children from low-income families and children of… Continue Reading
The Education program envisions an early childhood education (ECE) workforce that is well-prepared, appropriately compensated, diverse in its policy leadership, and supported. The long-term goal of the Stabilizing the Early Childhood Education Workforce initiative is to ensure that all professionals in the early childhood education workforce have the knowledge, skills, and institutional supports needed to… Continue Reading
The long-term goal of the Data for Action initiative is to enable public agencies in California to meet the needs of young children and their families by using high-quality integrated data to guide continuous improvement, and inform policies and practices. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to create an integrated family-driven system of services… Continue Reading
A growing body of research reveals that early mathematical skills—and growth in these skills over the early elementary years—correlate more strongly with academic skills in later elementary school than any other early indicator. Research also shows that children from families with low incomes and children of color are less likely than their peers to be… Continue Reading