Stronger Workforce

We believe that the quality of early care and education and the strongest outcomes for children depend on a competent, appropriately compensated, and supported workforce.

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Effective Systems

High-quality early care and education comes from intentional alignment and coordination of multiple systems based on research and knowledge of what works.

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Priority Populations

All children need nurturing and engaging early learning experiences, while some children need additional and different supports to reach their full potential.

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About Us

Research, policy and practice — we connect these pieces to help build early childhood systems that enable children to reach their full potential. Founded in 1900, the Foundation for Child Development identifies needs, fills gaps and integrates knowledge for successful implementation and continuous improvement.

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Our Grants

We make strategic grants to advance the field. Generally, we do not accept unsolicited grant proposals. Learn more about our grant-making process and efforts we have funded.

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