The following opportunity has been shared on behalf of a member or affiliate of the Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network.

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports development projects and promising research with potential to significantly enhance the physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, play, familial support, acculturation, social integration, and/or childcare of children, from infancy through seven years of age.

To that end, the foundation currently is inviting Letters of Intent in the following categories:

Early Childhood Welfare — Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development — intellectual, emotional, and physical — are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment is essential, as is imparting the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. To that end, the foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child-rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.

Early Childhood Education and Play — Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured early in life if they are to succeed in school, work, and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a child’s development and everywhere a child learns — at home, in childcare settings, and in preschool. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early-childhood teaching and learning through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.

Parenting Education — To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, the foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child-rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, and prenatal care and diet, as well programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than September 30. 

Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

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