Funding for Preschool Programs

All parents hope their child will start school ready for success. Unfortunately, not every parent can find the high-quality early learning opportunity that sets their child up for success.

Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education released a new report outlining the unmet need for high-quality early learning programs in America. Roughly 6 in 10 four-year-olds are not enrolled in publicly funded preschool programs, and even fewer are enrolled in the highest quality programs.

Unmet Need

While both states and the federal government invest in early learning, these efforts have fallen short of what is needed to ensure that all children can access a high-quality early education that will prepare them for success.

Significant new investments in high-quality early education are necessary to help states, local communities, and parents close the readiness gap that exists between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers.

For Latino children, the unmet need is especially great. While Latinos are the fastest growing and largest minority group in the United States, making up a quarter of 3- and 4-year-olds, Latinos demonstrate the lowest preschool participation rates of any major ethnicity or race.

And while most children who have access to preschool attend moderate-quality programs, African- American children and children from low-income families are the most likely to attend low- quality preschool programs and are the least likely to attend high-quality preschool programs.


Foundation and philanthropic support for preschool programs from around the Web.

Community Foundation Awards $154,553 in Spring Grants

The Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin has distributed $154,553 in grants to 34 organizations in Portage and Waushara counties. The grants are aimed at enhancing the communities now and...more

Jewish Preschool 'Deserts,' High Tuition Costs, Staff Retention Are Key Issues, Bay Area Study Finds

Parents in the San Francisco Bay Area can't afford to send their kids to Jewish preschool, according to a new study. The survey of more than 180 parents found that 38% of Jewish early childhood...more

Your Daily Phil: Marc Rowan on Campus Antisemitism, Post-Oct. 7 Philanthropy
Foundation: New York Community Trust

Parents in the San Francisco Bay Area who can't afford to send their children to Jewish preschool may be in for a rude surprise. A new study finds that between two-thirds and three-quarters of...more

CSU Receives $557 Million in Charitable Giving for 2022-23

In the last two decades, California State University has received more than $557 million in new donations and more than $466 million in gift receipts. In a press release, the university notes...more

Cultivating Global Citizens: Dibber Spreads Its Wings in Uae'S Early Education Space

If you're an American living in the United Arab Emirates, there's a good chance you'll be attending a Dibber school in the near future. The Norwegian preschool chainwhich has more than 600...more

35Th Annual Glenview Art League Youth Art Fair Feb. 3

The Glenview Art League's 35th annual Youth Art Fair will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, and the public is invited to come and view the artwork of students from preschool through high...more

Spl Expands Preschool Programming through 'Music and Movement' Classes

"Music is something that nobody can take away from you. It's joyful. If you're stressed, you can use it. It's very healing." So saysami Losoncy, a music educator in Tulsa, Okla., who has...more

Learn And Play Montessori School Proudly Announces 2024 Sunnyvale Preschool ...

"In a groundbreaking development in early childhood education, the fusion of the Montessori methodology with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is set to revolutionize the...more

Giving Thought: A Gift That Keeps Giving Back
Foundation: Aspen Community Foundation

It's that time of year again: time to open your wallet and see how you can make a difference in the life of a child. The Aspen Community Foundation has a number of ways you can do just that this...more

Uconn School of Social Work'S Innovations Institute Expands Expertise to Promote the Well ...

"A child's ability to express and regulate their emotions, to navigate peer and adult interactions and develop trusting relationships, to begin to explore and learn are key factors in their initial...more

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