Early Care and Education Grants


Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL
$419,000 over two years to conduct a qualitative, descriptive study examining factors that contribute to family child care provider entry, engagement, and retention in ECE within a context of a national decline  of licensed, regulated family child care providers.

Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Arlington, VA
$100,000 over one year to support the PBS NewsHour series, Rethinking Early Education, to develop news stories to enhance public discourse and deepen the understanding of citizens and policymakers around effective approaches to strengthen early care and education systems and the workforce.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), Alexandria, VA
$200,000 over one year to support a stronger understanding of and engagement in early care  and education workforce issues by members of the state boards of education. The grant supports  the provision of technical assistance for strategic planning efforts that will continue the work of the  state cohorts from a prior grant. Additionally, materials and resources will be developed to establish  a national platform and network focused on the early care and education workforce to also further amplify the work of the state cohorts.

National League of Cities Institute Inc. (NLCI), Washington, D.C.
$200,000 over one year to support a deeper understanding of and engagement in ECE workforce issues by municipal leaders. The grant supports the provision of technical assistance to cities and the development of resources and materials built from lessons learned in previous work supported by the Foundation. Both bodies of work will support additional strategic planning efforts aimed at strengthening the ECE profession across multiple NLCI city initiatives and cohorts.

New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.
$100,000 over one year to create an online guidebook and to curate and disseminate materials to promote the implementation of the fiscal policy and practice recommendations outlined in the 2018 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, Transforming the Financing of  Early Care and Education.


HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI 
$30,000 over one year to fund a network of Black scholars to form a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research consortium to examine how to provide optimal support for the positive development of  Black children.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
$30,000 over one year to examine how interactions between sport coaches, in after-school sports programs, and young children, under age eight, might promote children’s social competence and  self-regulation skills.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
$45,000 over one year for the National Institute of Early Education Research to investigate the long-term effects of participation in the New Jersey Abbott Preschool Program on student achievement and school outcomes through middle and high school.

Trustees of Boston University, Boston, MA
$30,000 over one year to support the development of the Assessing Classroom Sociocultural Equity Scale and to investigate the reliability and validity of the measure.

The Trustees of Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
$50,000 over two years to produce and disseminate an issue of the Future of Children focused on research-to-practice partnerships that provide policymakers with empirical evidence supporting continuous quality improvement efforts for early care and education programs.

Urban Institute, Washington, D.C. and Child Trends, Inc., Bethesda, MD
$60,000 over one year to convene a meeting and a webinar series focused on incorporating an equity lens within the shaping of a future early care and education implementation research agenda. The activities will provide support to the Foundation’s Implementation Study Advisory Group as they craft chapters for a forthcoming publication related to this topic.


Child Care Services Administration, Chapel Hill, NC
$20,000 over one year to T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center to support two-state efforts to develop implementation plans to enhance access to higher education and reduce barriers that diverse early educators encounter as they work towards degree completion.