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Early Childhood Education and Care- An Analysis of Successful Child Care Models  
The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the vital role early childhood care and education programs play in supporting the working families that keep our economy running. Through the American Rescue Plan, New York is poised to provide more than $1.8 billion to child care providers, families, and employers to meet ongoing needs. While this historic investment will extend much needed relief, it is also an opportunity for transformative action. We are pleased to announce our most recent study, funded by The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation, The United Way of Broome County, and the Community Foundation.  Working with Sophia Geringswald, a graduate student in the Binghamton University MPA program, we funded research in to successful child care/early childhood education models and developed recommendations for New York’s early childhood care and education system.

Community Foundation Awards Over $250,000 in Grants in the Region 
We  are excited to announce  grants  awards of $256,168 to 38 organizations! Grants ranged from $550 to $20,000 for projects and programs from arts and cultural organizations, child care centers, libraries, emergency services, Habitat for Humanity, animal welfare agencies, and others. Learn more here.

Did you miss the 16th Annual Women’s Fund Breakfast? Here’s a link to selections from the event. Watch here
Jami Floyd, Binghamton University grad, Senior Editor for the Race & Justice Unit at New York Public Radio and the Legal Editor in the WNYC Newsroom spoke on Rebuilding After COVID-19: Healthcare Inequalities and Political Divides.

Grant Writing Workshop Recording Now Available
Did you miss our grant writing workshop in January and want to learn how to write a successful grant application and sharpen your grant writing skills?  Follow this link to the recording of the workshop.

Racial Justice and Equity Grants Made to Five Organizations. 

Our Statement on Social, Economic, and Racial Justice
“As philanthropic leaders in south central New York, we stand with those who seek to eliminate racial injustice. We are committed to do our part both internally as an organization, and in the region. Systemic racism at the individual, community, and societal level cannot be addressed with one-time statements. Real change requires ongoing action borne out of hard work, difficult conversations, education and commitment. We invite all our supporters and community partners to join us in working to address the social and economic justice issues that disproportionately affect the Black community in our country.”

We are now open by appointment! Call 607-772-6773 or email and we are happy to meet you in our offices, your home/place of business, or wherever you are comfortable meeting.  We are also working remotely and are available via voicemail or email, so don’t hesitate to be in touch should you need us.

Our Facebook group for SCNY organizations that are responding to COVID-19 is still very active. Follow this link to join!