California Community Foundation Invites LOIs From Early Childhood Education Centers

The California Community Foundation believes that Los Angeles County's prosperity depends on future generations and a well-educated workforce. All too often, however, underrepresented students lack access to quality pre-kindergarten learning experiences, highly qualified teachers, and the kinds of sufficient educational resources that can help them to thrive. The foundation's goal is to address disparities in student achievement by increasing performance in math and literacy for low-income, minority, and English-learner students, from pre-K to fifth grade, countywide.

To that end, CCF is accepting Letters of Interest from childhood education centers in Los Angeles Country for its Education Pipeline program.

Through the program, grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to provide support for convening and coordination activities aimed at amplifying the work of early-learning advocates, providers, and parent networks; ECE policy advocacy aimed at building public support for early-learning programs; and parent education, engagement, and advocacy efforts aimed at developing and building the leadership skills of parents so they become stronger advocates for their children and communities. The program also supports quality, professional development that provides teachers with the instructional strategies needed to meet the learning needs of diverse student populations

To be eligible, applicants should be an early-childhood education center that provides high-quality, research-based education to low-income children and emphasizes parent engagement by requiring parent participation on a weekly basis. It also should be an organization that teaches parents of preschool and K-5 students how to become an integral factor in their children's educational and academic achievement.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than May 26, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application in July 2017.

See the CCF website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application procedures.

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