Grant Represents Critical First Step in Building Cutting-Edge Skill Development Platform for Educators
November 30, 2018, LOS ANGELES – Child360 has received a $50,000 grant from The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to create a Child360 state-of the-art online learning management center that will give more early learning educators the opportunity to advance their skill set.
“Child360 is incredibly grateful for the support and validation from the Parsons Foundation,” said William Sperling, Child360’s CEO, a leading LA-based nonprofit that partners with educators to elevate the quality of early learning. “This Parsons grant will kick-start a new online learning center to broaden access to the most up-to-date training and resource tools for educators. This is one more important step in Child360’s ongoing drive to elevate the quality of early learning.”
Lack of time, physical space and financial restrictions are roadblocks that are consistently attributed by educators who want to continue to develop their classroom skills, and it’s even more challenging for early learning teachers. Child360’s new online learning management center will help alleviate these obstacles. Curriculum will be informed by leading educators and specialists and will include research-backed programming made available at no charge for educators.
“This investment will support Child360’s work to significantly expand access to quality professional development for early care and education providers throughout LA County,” says Wendy Garen, President and CEO, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.
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. The proposed learning center will serve as a flagship resource in their mission to support early educators in Los Angeles and beyond.
About The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Founded in 1961, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation is a responsive grantmaker focused on work within Los Angeles County. The Foundation conducts a competitive application and review process, funding highly effective civic and cultural, education, health, and human services organizations, with a focus on agencies providing direct services. With assets of $400 million, the Foundation grants approximately $20 million annually, more than half of which goes towards general operating support. For more information, please visit www.rmpf.org.
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 www.child360.org
Kristen Barnfield for Child360, at Kristen@ckd-la.com, 312.203.0828