Caplan Early Childhood Grants -Program Guidelines
The Caplan Early Childhood Grants are provided by the Foundation in the following areas..
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 for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world.
We support programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all 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, from birth to age 7, and everywhere a child learns – at home, in childcare settings and in preschool.
We seek 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, we support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.