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Cradle to Career

Cradle to Career

We believe in the importance of creating a continuum of support to ensure all children grow up healthy and successful. The following funding and coaching opportunities are available:

  • Early child care and education initiative grants support children from birth through age eight.
  • Youth grants support children and young adults between the ages of 9-21.
  • Coaching for organizations that provide early care and education services.
  • Youth travel grants support international experiences and community service for high school students.

Early Care and Education Grants

Purpose

To increase the number of children reading on grade level by age eight by focusing on the literacy and social and emotional skills of children starting at birth so they are ready for kindergarten.

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Grant Guidelines and Deadlines

Early care and education proposals are accepted twice annually. 

Previous Grants

Cradle to Career Grantees

Possible Projects

Increase the collaboration between school systems and preschools to improve quality, align instruction and develop stronger kindergarten transition processes.

Improve the quality of preschool literacy instruction by supporting teachers with individualized, on-site coaching and consultation, and align curriculum with the Connecticut Early Learning Development Standards (ELDS).

Support preschools that are exploring or maintaining accreditation from the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Early Care and Education Coaching Programs

Apply to work with an early care and education coach

Through this new initiative, child care centers in our 21-town region can access on-site consultation on the following topics:

  • Classroom management
  • Challenging behaviors
  • Connecticut’s early learning and development standards
  • Teacher, child and family Interactions
  • Curriculum development and assessment
  • Administration and supervision

Early Care and Education Research and Program Models

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Guidelines

Early care and education coaching program guidelines

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Online application

Applications for coaching are accepted on a rolling basis. Sites will be matched with a coach in the order that the applications are received.

Youth Development Grants

Purpose

To support successful educational and social emotional outcomes for children ages 9 to 21. Priority is given to efforts that connect youth to a brighter today, tomorrow and future.

Apply

Grant Guidelines and Deadlines

Youth development grants are accepted once annually.

Previous Grants

Cradle to Career grantees (includes early care and childhood)

Possible Projects

Evidence-based youth programs whose results have been tested and validated over time, especially those that contribute to positive youth development.

Programs that integrate the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets to ensure youth become healthy adults. Support for training and education for both adults and youth in learning about and putting into practice the 40 Developmental Assets.

Programs or activities that expose elementary, middle and high school students to various career and education opportunities. Provide opportunities for youth and families to learn about college admissions and financial aid eligibility and procedures.

Culturally-competent programs that expand and improve parent leadership and engagement in their child’s educational and emotional development.

International Youth Travel

Purpose

To support group travel for youth focused on a cross-cultural exchange and provide youth with an opportunity to share their cultural experience with the public after their trip. Priority is given to educational experiences that promote peace, justice and understanding of the people in and outside the United States.

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Grant Guidelines and Deadlines.

Youth travel grants are accepted once annually.

Previous Grants

Youth travel grants

Possible Projects

International group travel programs: for groups of local students (such as school language clubs, bands/choirs, or church youth groups) that are planning trips abroad.

Educational events that have an international focus: for programs that promote meaningful engagement between students and youth from other nations. Funds can support a group program in the United States or travel expenses to attend a program elsewhere.

Note: Trips solely for athletic, sports or faith-based purposes are not eligible for funding.

Youth Research and Program Models

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Ellen Carter
For more information, please contact:
Ellen Carter, Community Leadership Director,
ecarter@conncf.org | 203.753.1315, x114