LOS ANGELES – Child360 received a $100,000 grant from The Stein Early Childhood Development Fund, through the California Community Foundation, to kick-start a new awareness campaign designed to inspire public support for greater investments in quality education and care for California’s earliest learners, emphasizing the long-term impact education has on brain development for children ages zero to three.
Currently in Los Angeles county, 51 percent of babies and toddlers are eligible for subsidized early care and education programs (ECE), yet only 6 percent are served by these critical programs. Without real access to quality early education and care, too many young children’s lives are at risk – especially during the critical baby and toddler years when 85 percent of brain development takes place.
With this new educational campaign, Child360 aims to change that by broadening both the public’s and policy makers’ understanding of and interest in young children’s brain development and early education. Brain Building from Birth will reinforce why investments in our youngest children are particularly beneficial, and ultimately, lead to an increase number of families able to access quality early education and care.
“We are grateful to the Stein Early Childhood Development Fund for their generous support, giving Child360 resources to launch this important campaign,” said William Sterling, CEO, Child360. “There is a direct correlation between early childhood experiences, brain development and a child’s ability to succeed in school and beyond. We know quality learning programs enhance a child’s language skills, social development and overall well-being.”
“With greater public awareness and support, adopting policies that increase access to high-quality education for our earliest learners will be a no-brainer,” Sterling adds.
“There is a lack of awareness around the critical importance of brain development during those first three years of life,” said Gene Stein, Chair, Stein Early Childhood Development Fund through the California Community Foundation. “Child360 is a perfect partner to raise awareness and build public support so that every baby and toddler living in Los Angeles receives the best start in life.”
Child360 believes in, and is dedicated to, supporting early learning from every angle so that children receive the foundation they deserve. The nonprofit works alongside partner organizations to reach their goal of providing the best early learning experiences for children during the critical first years of life, when 85% of the brain is developed. Child360 works throughout California and nationwide to improve standards across the early education industry, providing essential coaching and professional development to teachers, administrators, community partners and families.
Child360 is a leading nonprofit working toward a future where every child has the educational opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. This means supporting the development of the whole child, beginning at birth. Alongside trusted community partners, Child360 improves the quality of early learning and elevates the early learning industry through program support, professional development, advocacy, research, and community engagement. From every angle, we are equipping the next generation, empowering them to discover their potential, and advancing our future workforce. Learn more at child360.org
About the Stein Early Childhood Education Fund
The Stein Early Childhood Development Fund is raising public awareness around the importance of care and development for children between prenatal and 3 years. The fund is supported by the California Community Foundation, which has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in addressing the root causes of challenges in Los Angeles County. CCF stewards nearly $1.7 billion in assets and manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, please visit calfund.org.
Zach Levin for Child360, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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