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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

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

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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 on a rolling basis.

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.

Youth Travel

Purpose

To support group domestic and international travel for youth under 21. Priority is given to experiences which enrich and educate youth on the diversity of lived experiences, trips that focus on promotion of justice and equity between people, and programs that involve practical and direct connection with a broad and diverse cross-section of young people of varied cultures.

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

These grants are made possible through the Priscilla Whittemore Travel Scholarship Fund.

Apply

Grant Guidelines and Deadlines

Youth travel grants are accepted on a rolling basis.

Previous Grants

Youth Research and Program Models

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Ellen Carter

For more information, please contact:
Bilal Tajildeen, Program Officer,
btajildeen@conncf.org | 203.753.1315, x106