• Transforming Early Childhood
    Maximizing our time at FLAEYC's annual conference to spark transformation
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  • Stronger Start
    Foundation produces documentary series on child care with DCTV
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Who We Are

Our Story

The foundation’s story began in 1968 with entrepreneur Stewart Bainum Sr. and his wife, Jane Bainum. They ​sought​ to create opportunities for children living in poverty by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities and services. Learn how our work has evolved over the years.

We Envision a Society Where All Children Thrive

We work alongside communities experiencing racial and economic disparities to create lasting systems change for the well-being of children and families.

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Our Focus Areas

We focus primarily on Early Childhood and what children need for a strong start in life. Our Legacy Programs support other issues important to the Bainum family. 

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Our Commitment to Equity

We center equity in every facet of our work and in how we operate as an organization.

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News & Updates

New Tool Provides Educators with Free Resources for Equitable Lesson Planning and Classroom Instruction

Marica Cox Mitchell: Four Mindset Shifts That Are Needed To Make Meaningful Change in Early Childhood

Bainum Family Foundation Applauds White House Care Executive Order but Cautions, More Work Needs to be Done to Support Early Childhood Education