Thriving children and youth are key to all strong and successful communities. To ensure that children in our communities get off to a good start, we support programs that serve children as early as birth and continue support for children during other vulnerable times of development.
Especially critical to a child’s development and growth are the first three years of life. Newborns and toddlers need positive early experiences that foster their intellectual, social, and emotional development, and lay a foundation for future success. The middle school years are another key and challenging stage of development as children move through early adolescence, seek new opportunities to learn and take appropriate risks. Middle school-age youth need access to quality after-school programming for their enrichment and safety.
We want to ensure that parents and caregivers have the community resources necessary to provide positive support and critical developmental experiences for infants and toddlers during the first three years of life. Building on the Foundation’s long-standing interest in adolescent children, we work to ensure that enriching after-school programming is available and accessible to middle school students, particularly vulnerable youth in under-resourced communities.
What We Fund
The Local Grantmaking Program funds organizations that provide early childhood learning experiences that foster development of newborns and toddlers, and help parents and caregivers establish healthy patterns for children. In addition, we support quality after-school time programs for middle school students that offer engaging activities throughout the school year.