Established in 1923, the Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of the twenty-one-town region of greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. The foundation provides leadership with respect to the region’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to create and steward charitable and scholarship funds.
The foundation currently is inviting applications for its Cradle to Career Early Care and Education Grants program. Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of efforts to increase the number of children reading at grade level by the age of eight, with a focus on strengthening the literacy and social and emotional skills of children starting at birth so they are ready for kindergarten.
Possible projects identified by the foundation include efforts to increase collaboration between school systems and preschools aimed at improving quality, aligning instruction, and developing stronger kindergarten transition processes; improve the quality of preschool literacy instruction by supporting teachers with individualized, on-site coaching and consultation; align curriculum with the Connecticut Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS); and support preschools that are exploring or maintaining accreditation from the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a municipal entity seeking a grant for public purposes and provide services to residents of the foundation’s twenty-one-town service area.
See the Connecticut Community Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, a list of previous grantees, and a map of the CCF service area.