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, we supported a new business training program to help targeted family childcare providers improve their business model and program quality. The pilot 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.
Family Childcare Curriculum Pilot
Price Philanthropies collaborated with San Diego Grantmakers Early Childhood Funders to support the development of a purposeful, practical, and personalized curriculum that can be used by family childcare providers to create quality learning environments for children. The new curriculum is being developed and tested by San Diego State University’s Center for Excellence in Early Development.
The Integrative Preschool is a partnership between San Diego State University and Rosa Parks Elementary. SDSU speech pathologists work with preschool students on language acquisition skills through thematic weekly lessons. Parents are also engaged and supported in developing their child’s language skills at home.
Urban Village II Head Start
In partnership with Neighborhood House, we 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.