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A.l. Mailman Foundation


: Children, Youth & Families


The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on early care and education, inspired by the belief that positive early experiences lay the foundation for future learning. The Foundation’s hope is that by focusing on systems and policies impacting very young children, they will capitalize on opportunities to make life-long differences. Funding is focused on organizations that are national in scope or that reach more than one state. The Foundation’s goal is to promote the building of sustainable systems that provide access to high quality early learning experiences for all children. Grants attempt to effect systemwide change by encouraging responsive public policies. They fund the creation and dissemination of curricula, materials, or tools that promote quality. Also funded are advocacy and strategic communications efforts to inform and build public will. Applied research designed to inform policy and improve practice is also of interest. And funds are awarded to funder collaboratives to expand their learning and broaden their sphere of influence. Grants are awarded to projects that address the early years, ages 0 to 5. Funding interests include policies that support comprehensive systems of early care and education; improvement of teacher preparation systems; and the creation of strategic plans for mental health services for children ages 0 to 3. Monies have also been awarded to programs that examine and develop financing mechanisms to sustain quality and accessible services. Other programs that they have funded are listed on the Web site. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis; but to be accepted for funding in either the spring or fall cycles, they must be received by May 1 or December 1.

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