Early Childhood Development & Education

The Powell Foundation seeks to ensure that all children benefit from high-quality early learning environments and services that foster their healthy development, foundational skill-building, school readiness, and lifelong success.

Our Early Childhood investments are focused in the following areas

Providers &



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We invest in organizations who champion efforts to:

  • Develop, sustain, and scale the availability of high-quality early childhood programs for infants, toddlers, and young children.
  • Train and build the capacity of early childhood educators and providers.
  • Strengthen the knowledge and capability of parents and other caregivers to nurture and guide their children’s early development and learning.
  • Improve the coordination and reach of the intersecting systems impacting early childhood.

The Powell Foundation is interested in understanding the extent to which our Early Childhood investments impact the following population-level indicators:

Number of children who are on a positive developmental trajectory by age 3

Number of high-quality early childhood seats

Number of eligible children enrolled in early childhood programs

Percentage of children who demonstrate Kindergarten readiness

Narrowing disparate outcomes along the lines of race, gender, income, language, and ability

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