In our efforts to directly impact the number of children entering kindergarten ready to learn, the EL Fund has prioritized three focus areas:
Support organizations creating high-quality pre-K experiences that reach children ages three to five from low-income families.
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.
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.