Grants

Our grants support innovative pilot programs, as well as successful long standing initiatives.

SELECTED GRANTS AWARDED IN 2015-16

Arivaca (Arizona) Action Center
$5,000
Enabled the Early Learning Center to reopen an infant program and extend service hours in this high quality center.

Butler County Educational Service Center
$2,200
Supported program components of a Kindergarten Readiness Summer Camp for disadvantaged Head Start students.

Child and Family Resources (Tucson)
$20,000
Funded the conduct of a poll to determine the feasibility of establishing a dedicated funding stream for early childhood education.

Children’s Hunger Alliance (Columbus)
$25,000
Provides healthy meals and snacks to at-risk young children across 945 family child care homes and 25 child care centers, and provides evidence-based nutrition and physical programming at 120 family care homes and 10 child care centers.

Cincinnati Union Bethel
$5,000
Supports costs required to transport disadvantaged children to Early Childhood Education preschools.

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center
$5,000
Supports early intervention programs which help young people develop the hearing, speech and language skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Coshocton County Head Start
$10,000
Supported a transformation construction project that enabled Head Start and Early Head Start programs to be located in one facility, and provided needed space for parent education and family services.

Ely Chapman Education Foundation (Marietta)
$15,000
Provides funding to increase the availability of high quality early childhood education for low income families.

Franklin County Family and Children First Council
$15,000
To support the training in trauma-informed therapy of educators whose students have been victims of early childhood trauma.

Kno Ho Co Ashland Head Start
$2,000
Purchased 65 LeapBands for children participating in Head Start’s fun and fitness program.

Learning Tree Farm (Dayton)
$6,000
Supported renovation of a single-family home to create the Education Center Nature Preschool.

Make Way for Books (Tucson)
$10,000
Provides high-quality, age-appropriate multi-cultural books for disadvantaged infants and toddlers. These books are purchased for classroom book collections and to ensure that children and parents have books to share together.

Ohio Guidestone (Berea)
$10,000
Supports five early care and education centers which serve Cuyahoga County children and families regardless of their ability to pay.

Sonlight Community Services (Columbus)
$2,000
Supports a pre-Kindergarten program for immigrant and refugee children.

Strong Start Tucson
$20,000
Support for a ballot initiative that will increase the availability of a high quality early childhood education for Tucson’s children.

Toledo Day Nursery
$5,000
Support for quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs which serve disadvantaged children in two Toledo neighborhoods.

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
$15,000
Support of the Diamond Challenge Fund for First Focus on Kids, which works with families and early education providers to promote kindergarten readiness for nearly 100,000 children in Tucson and Southern Arizona.