Grantees for 2010

  view/print .pdf version

The following grants were made by the Foundation during 2010.

The Adolescent Resource and Education Center, Inc., Holyoke, MA
To support the We Help You Read Early Childhood Literacy Project which is
designed to: 1) expand opportunities for young parents and their children to learn
together; 2) build relationships between parents and children; and 3) enhance the
literacy value of interactions between parents and children.

Association of Small Foundations, Washington, D.C.
To support the Association’s programming dealing with young children and their
families and, in particular, to support programs focused on school readiness.

Belmont Child Care Association, Inc., Elmont, NY
To support the Early Childhood Education for Children of Immigrants Program at the
Anna House day care center at the Belmont Park Race Course, which provides child
care for children of families working at the racetrack.

Bloomingdale Family Program, New York, NY
To support The Bloomingdale Family Program, a nationallyrecognized
and accredited full-day preschool for low-income families in Manhattan,
which values parental involvement and development.

Boston Children’s Chorus, Inc., Boston, MA
To support choir programs for Children in Greater Boston.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston, MA
To support The Acorn Center for Early Education and Care, which provides bilingual
child care for children ages 15 months to five years and supports the acquisition of
English built on their knowledge of their first language. Using a theme based
curriculum, teachers engage children in active learning experiences in English
language, mathematics, science, social science, health, music and art.

Boston Local Development Corporation, Boston, MA
d/b/a Read Boston
To support the Reading Trail Program, which partners with childcare centers and
family childcare programs in an effort to promote the early development of literacy.

Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc., Scarsdale, NY
To support the Early Literacy Book Bag Program to build the early literacy skills of
infants and toddlers by promoting activities in childcare programs and in the home
which increase exposure to books and other literacy building activities.

Children’s Literacy Initiative, Philadelphia, PA
To provide professional development support for effective literacy instruction to
pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Brooklyn, NY, including instructional
seminars and in-class coaching, along with supporting classroom and curricular

Easter Seals New York, New York/Bronx Child Development Center
Family Outreach Program
To support The Family Outreach Program providing a social worker and nurse for
children with disabilities and special needs age 2 to 5 years at the Bronx Child
Development Center.

Eastern Suffolk BOCES Mobile Outreach Parent-Child Home Program, Riverhead, NY
To support the Mobile Outreach Parent-Child Home Program, which provides two
years of twice weekly visits to homeless families with children between the ages of
16 months and 4 years of age who are challenged by poverty, limited education,
language, literacy barriers and other obstacles. Visits begin in the homeless shelter
and transition to the home when families are moved to permanent housing.

The Family Center, Inc., Somerville, MA
To support The Parenting Journey™ a unique parent education and support group,
which focuses on adult development, and is designed to help parents increase their
self-care practices, raise awareness of the past and present factors that influence
their parenting styles, enhance their parenting skills, and utilize their strengths to
build nurturing family relationships.

Friends of the Children New York, New York, NY
To support a unique early intervention program which mentors some of the City’s
most at-risk children. Friends of the Children NY systematically screens and takes
on those children at greatest risk of dropping out, providing each child with a trained,
paid professional to work, one on one, with each child in the program from
kindergarten or first grade through high school graduation. The goal of the program
is to get 100% of program participants to graduate from high school with a plan for
their future, having avoided the juvenile justice system, and having put off
parenthood for an appropriate age.

Future Leaders Institute Charter School, New York, NY
To support the School’s Comprehensive Social and Emotional Support Services
Program which is designed to help children in grades K-4 deal with feelings,
minimize aggression, manage stress, and improve interpersonal skills. Through a
mix of art therapy, counseling, yoga, and small group instruction, students learn skills
that enable them to maintain their focus in the classroom and improve their chances
for academic and emotional success.

Generations Incorporated, Boston, MA
To support the Reading Coaches Initiative which joina trained older adult volunteers
with students in grades K-4 who are reading below grade level in twice a week
45-minute mentoring sessions outside the classroom. Each session focuses on
reading comprehension and improving literacy skills. Mentors also facilitate regular
communication with the student’s family.

Harlem Academy, New York, NY
To support the Saturday Club, a weekend program of Harlem Academy, an
an independent school that offers merit-based, needs-blind admissions. The
Saturday Club meets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and provides those students who
choose to participate with an opportunity to engage in a variety of extra-curricular
activities run by volunteers.

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
To support the Language and Literacy Skill Development Program for high-risk,
primarily low-income, urban children who performed poorly on district kindergarten
screening measures. The goal of the program is to raise foundational prereading
skills using two methods: first, focusing on decoding to help the children crack the
alphabetic code of English; and second, emphasizing oral language to help the
children understand the meaning of text.

Keeping Pace With Multiple Miracles Inc., Bridgewater, MA
To support the SomeOne Special (SOS) program, which provides children’s
clothing and baby equipment., free of charge, to needy residents of the greater
Bridgewater, MA area.

Learning Through an Expanded Arts Program, Inc., New York, NY
To support Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL), a multi-modal program for
children in kindergarten through the second grade which is designed to enhance the
traditional literacy curriculum with arts-based activities.

Lexington Center for Recovery, Mount Kisco, NY
To support the Generations Program on-site nursery. The nursery provides daily
on-site child care for children up to 4 years old whose mothers are enrolled in the
Generation’s five day a week, multi-faceted, chemical dependency treatment

Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, NY
$25,000 (First installment of a three year $75,000 grant)
To support Juntos al Kinder/Together to Kindergarten, which addresses the needs of
local immigrant families with limited English proficiency by acclimating children and
their parents to the culture of the American classroom and public education system.
The goals of the program are to: 1) assist children in developing school readiness,
academic and social skills that positively impact their ability to succeed in
kindergarten, 2) enable parents to support and advocate for their children in a new
school system, and 3) connect participating families to the Long Island Children’s
Museum and the school community.

Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Northampton, MA
To support the expansion into New Bedford, MA of the Family Adventures in
Reading (FAIR) program which brings parents and children together to explore books
at their local public library.

National Braille Press, Boston, MA
To support Read Books! Because Braille Matters which helps families with young
blind children to instill a love of reading in those children.

New Leaders in New Schools, New York, NY
To support the Aspiring Principals Program which is designed to prepare outstanding
urban principals by recruiting educators with K-12 instructional expertise, exceptional
leadership and management skills and a belief that all students can achieve at high
levels. Candidates are rigorously chosen and make a contractual commitment to six
years of service in urban schools. They participate in a Foundational Year, including
a full-time, four-week program incorporating academics and leadership skill
development; residency placement in a host urban public school; veteran principal
coaching; and continuous training throughout the year through two, week-long
national Foundations Seminars and weekly local group meetings.

New York Univerisity Child and Family Policy Center, New York, NY
To support the development and presentation of a series of forums by the Child and
Family Policy Center's on issues of measurement and accountability in the field of
early childhood education.

New York Legal Assistance Group, Inc., New York, NY
To support the Special Education Unit, which provides free legal services to low
income families with disabled children to help them negotiate the legal complexities
of the special education system so that such children are assured the best possible
opportunities to learn and grow.

Operation Exodus Inner City, Inc., New York, NY
To support an after-school program serving 270 students with a strong literacy
program, including an early childhood component as well as monthly parent

The Parent-Child Home Program, Garden City, NY
To support the joint efforts of the National office of The Parent-Child Home Program,
SCO Family Services, Inc. and New York University to assess the efficacy of
TheProgram through a controlled study, and specifically to support the administration
of the study by SCO Family Services, and to support the dissemination to the public
of information about the Program, which prepares young children for school success
by providing two years of twice weekly home visits to families with children between
the ages of 16 months and 4 years of age who are challenged by poverty, limited
education, language, literacy barriers and other obstacles.

Peninsula Public Library, Lawrence, NY
To support the acquisition of materials and the presentation of programming for
young children.

Plymouth Public Schools, Plymouth Family Network, Plymouth, MA
To support the Parent-Child Home Program during the academic year and
Summer Enrichment activities to keep the momentum of learning alive not only for
PCHP families, but all young families in Plymouth through a weekly parent and child
playgroup, three enrichment activities and four literacy events during the 10 weeks of

Queens Botanical Garden Society, Inc., Flushing, NY
To support the Garden’s Curriculum for Early Learners, which provides innovative
and engaging environmental workshops for young children.

Queens Library Foundation, Jamaica, NY
To support the intensive Family Literacy Program which provides immigrant
caregivers and children 1-4 years of age with tools to foster and expand children’s
early literacy development.

Raising A Reader MA, Boston, MA
To support Raising A Reader-MA in partnering with the Brockton Public Schools,
engaging staff with a concrete methodology to support parents in establishing and
maintaining regular read-aloud time at home. RAR MA will supply training, tools and
staff training for teachers and parents using a formalized curriculum that teaches
simple read-aloud dialogic techniques.

The Reading Team, Inc., New York, NY
To support an early literacy program for at-risk four- and five-year-old children from
Harlem day care and Head Start programs who work with the computer-based
Waterford Early Reading Program and engage in small-group literacy-nurturing
activities two to three times a week during the school year.

SCO Family of Services, Glen Cove, NY
To support the home-based Parent-Child Home Program early literacy program and
the center-based Baby and Me program for parents and children.

Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc., Boston, MA
To support a program designed to develop leadership and self-esteem in young
girls, and specifically to support capacity building within Strong Women, Strong Girls.

University Settlement Society of New York, New York, NY
To support Healthy Families, a home visiting program that begins with pregnancy
and continues through early childhood, the goal of which is to strengthen parents’
skills and parent-child relationships through intensive individualized home visits, and
specifically to support the provision of a mental health consultant for the program.

Visiting Nurse Service of New York, NY Childhood bereavement
To support the KORU program run by New York City Visiting Nurse Hospice Care.
The KORU program provides supportive services and resources for grieving children
as well as children who themselves have life-limiting illnesses and their young
siblings, including a pilot pediatric palliative care program.

Westchester Children's Association, White Plains, NY
To provide continued support for the Westchester Early Childhood Home Visiting
Workgroup, a coordinated, community-based effort to develop, increase and improve
early childhood home visiting services in Westchester, including the identification of
the most appropriate and effective evidence-based models of service and the
building of consensus among key stakeholders.