The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development projects that may ultimately enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country.
Each of its grants is made with the expectation that a successful project outcome will be of significant interest to other investigators or developers, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and will be amenable to beneficial application or adaptation elsewhere. In essence, the foundation’s goal is to provide seed money for those imaginative endeavors, addressed to the needs of young children, which appear most likely to bear fruit on a national scale.
The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:
Early Childhood Welfare
Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development, intellectual, emotional and physical, are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world.
We support programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive.
Early Childhood Education and Play
Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool.
We seek to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, we support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.
The Foundation will not fund:
the operation or expansion of existing programs
the purchase or renovation of capital equipment, existing software or programmatic materials
the creation or acquisition of works of art or literary works
organizations that discriminate based on race, color, creed, national origin or sexual orientation
individuals or for-profit entities
programs with any religious content
organizations and/or programs operating outside the United States
Furthermore, the Foundation will only consider funding grant applications that define measurable outcomes and mechanisms for documenting results, provide for financial accountability, and include detailed program budgets.
APPLY FOR A GRANT
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood has a two-step funding application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal. We invite Full Proposals only after reviewing Letters of Inquiry. The Foundation will only fund proposals that fit our program guidelines.
The next deadline for submitting a LOI is September 30, 2016.
Applicants must submit Letters of Inquiry by clicking on the Email your Letter of Inquiry button below. Once a Letter of Inquiry is received by the Foundation, the Directors will determine if the proposed program fits the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Successful applicants will be invited via email to submit Full Proposals.
Each Letter of Inquiry should include the following information: