The San Diego Foundation and the Dr. Seuss Foundation have announced a partnership to offer $1 million in grants to nonprofits supporting young children, ages 0 – 5, and their families in San Diego County.
Donor Name: The San Diego Foundation
County: San Diego County (CA)
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 05/06/2022
Size of the Grant: $75,000 and $100,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
The ECI Equitable Opportunities Grant supports nonprofit organizations implementing strategic efforts to build the region’s resilience by increasing equitable access to educational opportunities and supportive services for young children and their caretakers.
The following are strategies that support the goal of the 2022 ECI Grant. Organizations will be asked to identify the lead strategy they plan to employ in their application. All applicants are encouraged to address service and support for low-to-moderate income families, and communities experiencing negative social determinants of health.
- Early Literacy
- Support evidence-based programs that strengthen language development and early literacy for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, including family literacy, to provide a strong foundation for early grade-level readiness.
- Early Education Service Expansions
- Increase the number of spaces available for children ages 0-5, or make early education services available to more families through expanded access to care.
- Instructional Quality Improvements & Educational Staff Support
- Support professional training, curriculum development, program implementation, materials, and/or mentorship to improve instructional practices and support early childhood staff. Projects should have the potential to impact a group or network of early childhood professionals.
- Projects that work to eliminate bias and further the equitable treatment of all children in the early education and care sector, including but not limited to addressing preschool expulsion/suspensions as part of an effort to ensure greater equity within programs and services.
- Healthy, Equitable Starts for Children & New Parents
- Expand services that aim to achieve birth equity and promote safe, healthy pregnancy and birth conditions for mothers and babies, bolstered by access to supportive services and/or care coordination.
- Support parents of children ages 0-5 through evidence-based parenting education programs with a focus on positive parenting skills and knowledge about early childhood development and early learning.
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Prevention & Intervention
- Expand access to ACEs screening for children ages 0-5, and strengthen mental and behavioral health services to prevent and address trauma for young children and their families experiencing crises (including children involved in foster care and child welfare).
- Maximum awards are expected to range between $75,000 and $100,000.
- Projects must be completed within a 12-month timeline.
- Each proposal must be led by a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) public charity status, operating in and serving San Diego County.
- A 501(c)(3) public charity may serve as a fiscal sponsor for another applicant to administer the grant and provide regular financial reporting to The Foundation.
- Organizations may be part of more than one proposal but may only serve as the lead applicants for one proposal.
- Previous applicants or recipients of Early Childhood Initiative funding are eligible to apply.
- The Foundation will not fund endowments, existing obligations/debt, scholarships, or projects that promote religious or political doctrines.
- Projects must expand care for low-to-moderate-income communities and/or populations experiencing health disparities or negative social determinants of health.
- Given their focus on long-lasting solutions and building the capacity of this sector, projects must demonstrate having other significant resources or plans in place to ensure program longevity.
For more information, visit Early Childhood Initiative Equitable Opportunities Grant.