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Price Philanthropies supports working families by improving access to quality early education and childcare. We focus on this area because every dollar spent on quality childcare programs for disadvantaged children ages 0-5 delivers a 7-11% per year return on investment through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors, and employment. Unfortunately, there are not enough licensed childcare slots in San Diego County, a shortage that has been exacerbated by a 16% decrease in family childcare homes since 2008.
The Goals of the Early Education and Childcare Initiative are to:
Price Philanthropies does not accept unsolicited grant proposals in this area. To learn more about our work or request a meeting with the Early Education and Childcare Initiative staff, please contact Sakara Tear.
Early Education and Childcare Initiative Grants
Strengthening Family Childcare Pilot
In partnership with The San Diego Foundation, Price supported a business training program to help family childcare providers improve their business model and program quality. The program is a collaboration between the International Rescue Committee, Chicano Federation, Horn of Africa, YMCA Childcare Resource Service, and San Diego State University’s Center for Excellence in Early Development.
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Family Childcare Curriculum Pilot
Price Philanthropies collaborated with San Diego Grantmakers Early Childhood Funders to develop a purposeful, practical, and personalized curriculum for family childcare providers to create quality learning environments for children. Curriculum was developed and tested by SDSU’s Center for Excellence in Early Development and includes Social Emotional, Sensory, STEM, Manipulative, and Literacy learning kits.
Urban Village II Head Start
In partnership with Neighborhood House, Price helped establish an Early Head Start and Head Start preschool at the City Heights Center. The Early Head Start program focuses on children 6 weeks to 3 years of age, as well as pregnant and post-partum, low-income women. The Head Start program provides comprehensive services to children ages 3-5.
Price Philanthropies donated land and contributed to the capital campaign to construct the Copley-Price YMCA. The 53,000-sf facility includes a comprehensive preschool for children ages 2-5.
San Diego Library Foundation
CITY HEIGHTS EARLY LEARNING HUB
Price Philanthropies provided match funding for San Diego Public Library’s Black Gold: Stronger Together Early Learning Hub, primarily funded by a state grant to establish an early learning hub at the City Heights/Weingart library. The new learning hub will feature a renovated children’s area and patio, workshops for families, and access to core resources for parents, caregivers, and young children.
Playful Learning Landscape Action Network
Price Philanthropies is partnering with Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network (PLLAN) to support key stakeholders in integrating playful learning landscapes into community settings. PLLAN intentionally integrates learning goals and is based on the science of how and what children need to learn to be successful.
SDSU's Center for Excellence in Early Development
Play Based Learning Pilot
Price Philanthropies is supporting a playful learning program at Rosa Parks Elementary School. The program encourages parent-child engagement and playful learning through Family and Me classes for children ages 0-4. The classes will focus on the 6 C’s (collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence) approach to early learning.
Social Advocates for Youth San Diego Inc. (SAY)
Price Philanthropies is providing a two-year capacity grant to strengthen SAY’s extended care program workforce to meet the high need for before and after school programs at approximately 45 San Diego Unified School District sites. SAY is a San Diego County leader, with 40 years of experience operating before and after school programs.