Early Childhood Grants

Enough cannot be said about the importance of taking care of our children – both mentally and physically. A child must be properly fed both nutritious meals for physically wellbeing and also knowledge for mental wellbeing. With this in mind, government and private foundations that focus primarily on children provide such things as grants for early childhood education, grants to reduce childhood lead poisoning, and even childhood obesity grants.

Early childhood grants that focus on mental wellbeing are largely education driven. Some examples of programs that do so:

  • No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Programs such as The Early Reading First program established by this act provide grants for programs such as Head Start.

  • LEGO. The LEGO Children’s Fund provides project grants and matching fund grants for early childhood education and development as it relates to creativity.

  • IBM. Their KidSmart Early Learning Program assists pre-K programs all over the world. They also have a website, http://www.kidsmartearlylearning.org/, which supports teachers and parents.

  • Reading is Fundamental (RIF). Provides aid to organizations for reading motivation activities. RIF encourages reading by allowing children to choose books to take home.

Foundations and programs that look at physical and other needs of children include:

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Established in 1930 by Mr. Kellogg. His directive for the foundation was “Use the money as you please so long as it promotes the health, happiness and well-being of children.”

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Their Active Living Research and New Connections Grant Opportunities program supports research to develop strategies preventing obesity in children.

  • Finish Line Youth Foundation. Quarterly grants for programs such as youth athletic programs and camps that focus on an active lifestyle.

  • Shaping America’s Youth (SAY). A network that provides information on community efforts and programs that focus on improving nutrition and improving the physical activity level of children.

  • Let’s Move. http://www.letsmove.gov/ Launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in February 2010 with the goal of reversing the growing trend of childhood obesity.

Regardless of what you think is at fault, our nation’s children are falling victim to an alarming health threat – obesity. In the past 30 years, this problem as grown to the point where nearly 1/3 of all children are overweight or obese. This does not affect just their physical health; it also affects them mentally such as the injury to their self-esteem. It is time to realize that our children depend on us to meet all their needs – just keeping clothes on their back and a roof over their heads is not enough. If we fail to address their educational and physical wellbeing then we are setting them up for a terrible failure and with that a dreadful future for mankind.

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