The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development projects that may ultimately enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country.
Each of its grants is made with the expectation that a successful project outcome will be of significant interest to other investigators or developers, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and will be amenable to beneficial application or adaptation elsewhere. In essence, the foundation’s goal is to provide seed money for those imaginative endeavors, addressed to the needs of young children, which appear most likely to bear fruit on a national scale.
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.
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 seven, 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.
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 as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.
Furthermore, the Foundation will only consider funding grant applications that define measurable outcomes and mechanisms for documenting results, provide for financial accountability, and include detailed program budgets.
The Foundation will not fund the general allocation of indirect expenditures to a project. The Board will only approve up to 15% of the project’s direct expenditures for general and administrative expenses that are required for the successful completion of the project.
Consistent with the Foundation’s mission, as an incubator of innovative research and development directed to improving the general welfare of young children, we will not fund more than the first year of multiple year projects. It is our belief that having multiple funders, of those worthy projects that demand more sustained efforts, increases the likelihood of their success by ensuring broader oversight and greater long term promotional possibilities.
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood has a two-step funding application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Full Proposal. We invite Full Proposals only after reviewing Letters of Inquiry. The Foundation will only fund proposals that fit our program guidelines.
The next deadline for submitting a LOI is .
Applicants must submit Letters of Inquiry by clicking on the Email your Letter of Inquiry button below. Once a Letter of Inquiry is received by the Foundation, the Directors will determine if the proposed program fits the Foundation’s funding guidelines. Successful applicants will be invited via email to submit Full Proposals.
Each Letter of Inquiry should include the following information:
Your Letter of Inquiry must follow the number format listed above. In the subject line of your email, please enter LOI followed by the name of your organization.
All written correspondence to the Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood should be directed to Amanda R. Keiffer, CPA at 142 E Water Street, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 17745
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