The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to join several other philanthropic funders to support the newly formed Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC). CVIC, formed by the Biden-Harris administration, will strengthen and grow community-led interventions in 15 jurisdictions to reduce violence and increase public safety for children, families, and communities in the United States. Violence is an epidemic… Continue Reading
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;… Continue Reading
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of the 1400 Degrees website, a robust directory highlighting the extraordinary achievements and contributions of women and marginalized gender identities to the fields of physics and astronomy. We know that only through diversity of thought, backgrounds, and lived experiences can we expect the kind of groundbreaking research… Continue Reading
The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in March 2021.
I’d like to tell you a little story about a moment in time, years ago when I was a new teacher in Oakland, California, and I took my 5th/6thgrade class on a field trip to the old prison on Alcatraz Island. The children were wind-blown and exuberant from the ferry ride, and the island was stunning in the cold sunshine; we were tourists in this prison land from long ago.
An extraordinary quest to construct a 3D map of the universe and explore the mysteries of dark energy is beginning today at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), an international science collaboration managed by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will capture and study the light from tens of millions of galaxies and other distant objects in the universe.
In April, President Joe Biden convened the Leaders Summit on Climate where 40 world leaders gathered virtually to discuss actions needed to address climate change. At the summit, President Biden announced a new target for the U.S. to cut its economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in half from 2005 levels by 2030.
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.