Early Learning Fund

Overcoming the Opportunity Gap by Giving Children a Strong Early Start

In our efforts to directly impact the number of children entering kindergarten ready to learn, the EL Fund has prioritized three focus areas:

 

1. High quality pre-K
Support organizations creating high-quality pre-K experiences that reach children ages three to five from low-income families.
2. Parent and family engagement
Support parent and family engagement organizations that leverage families as intentional agents of early childhood development. This includes two types of parent and family engagement models: 1) those that directly link parent engagement with learning outcomes for children, e.g., by directly supporting the relationship between parents and formal learning settings, parental training, parent leadership programs, etc.; and 2) those that empower parents to create the conditions required to be more effective as parents, e.g., supporting child outcomes by addressing families’ socio-economic conditions.
3. Technology
Support approaches that leverage technology to prompt changes in the R&D, engagement, organization, and scale up of early learning programs reaching children, their families, and the early learning workforce.

These focus areas are inextricably linked with one another. High-quality pre-K opportunities and strong family supports are critical in advancing children’s development as lifelong learners, and technology plays an integral role supporting pre-K and family engagement interventions and meeting the needs of modern families.