Early Care and Education Grants

Boston Educational Development Foundation; Boston, MA
$150,000 over one year to create and disseminate materials to publicize their preschool through second-grade program model by highlighting instructional practices, professional development, and assessment systems to improve early childhood programs, locally, and nationally through successful replication.

National Academy of Sciences; Washington, D.C.
$150,000 over two years for a new consensus study within the Board on Children, Youth, and Families to examine societal costs of child poverty and current programs and policies aimed at reducing child poverty. Recommendations for federal investment will be made for how to reduce the number of children living in poverty in the United States by half in 10 years.

National Association of State Boards of Education; Alexandria, VA
$400,000 over two years to support State Boards’ understanding of and engagement in early care and education workforce issues. The grant supports strategic planning efforts aimed at strengthening professional competencies, improving professional development opportunities, and advancing workforce credentialing and preparation through higher education systems.

National League of Cities Institute, Inc.; Washington, D.C.
$400,000 over two years to support municipal leaders’ understanding of and engagement in early care and education workforce issues. The grant supports strategic planning efforts aimed at strengthening ECE professional competencies and professional development support systems.

New America Foundation; Washington, D.C.
$400,000 over two years to create and disseminate materials, conduct policy analysis, and produce case studies that will help implement the policy and practice recommendations outlined in the 2015 Institute of Medicine and National Research Council report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation.

University of Mississippi; University, MS
$101,250 over one year to redesign the School of Education’s early care and education teacher preparation program by creating two new early childhood degree programs. The aim is to prepare high-quality early care and education teachers who understand the implications of deep poverty in the development and education of young children age birth to eight years, especially those with early developmental delays and disabilities.

New York City Early Childhood Research Network

Fordham University; New York, NY
$365,000 over two years to examine teaching staff characteristics, professional development, and instructional practice and supports provided in classrooms serving varying concentrations of dual language learners in the New York City Universal Prekindergarten program..

Young Scholars Program

Equal Measure; Philadelphia, PA
$34,000 over one year to recruit qualified applicants from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly African-American scholars, for the Young Scholars Program (YSP) by providing strategic, intensive outreach and preparatory webinars.

Georgetown University; Washington, D.C.
$222,000 over three years to examine workforce supports and ECE teachers’ well-being in public school and community-based centers within the Tulsa, Oklahoma public school pre-kindergarten program. The study will investigate the relationships between ECE workforce supports and teacher well-being, children’s school readiness skills in prekindergarten and Kindergarten, and preschool classroom quality.

MDRC; New York, NY
$180,000 over two years to investigate how specific teacher classroom practices are predictive of child outcomes and how effective professional development supports are for teachers in preschool classrooms implementing the Building Blocks math curriculum in New York City as part of the Making Pre-K Count study.

Research Foundation for the State University of New York; Albany, NY
$180,000 over three years to examine the effects of preschool teachers’ outreach efforts on children’s outcomes during the transition Kindergarten using the nationally, representative Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort dataset. The study also examines if children from low-income families benefit more from preschool teachers’ outreach efforts by way of increased parental involvement.