Early Learning

The Bainum Family Foundation partners with communities to increase the availability of high-quality early learning seats. We believe that high-quality seats for infants and toddlers supports their mental, social and emotional development, and in addition to education services, these programs provide children and their families with health, mental wellness and nutrition. We also believe that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, therefore we are committed to strong and effective family engagement.

What The Research Says

Economists have studied various types of programs serving children in poverty and have found that early childhood programs are the most cost-effective way to ensure healthy development and academic success. Investments in quality early childhood programs produce economic returns: Students served are more likely to be educated, employed and productive, and are less likely to be incarcerated or dependent on public assistance. Despite this data, according to the Child and Family Policy Center, for every $1 invested in K-12 education in America, 25 cents is invested in preschool and 7 cents is invested in infant and toddler programs. While programs that serve students later in life also provide positive rates of return, these returns are not as great as those made during the earliest years. Every $1 invested in high-quality early childhood programs yields a return between $3 and $7.

What We Support

  1. PRACTICE — We help build the capacity of community-based early learning providers to deliver evidence-based infant and toddler child care, and to increase the availability of community-based supports for these children. To do so, we partner with high-performing early learning centers to provide technical assistance and training to other centers and home-based providers. In addition, we invest in infrastructure to help high-quality providers expand. Finally, we provide technical assistance to home visitation and mental wellness service providers to enhance the availability of these critical services.
  2. POLICY — We promote an advocacy network to ensure that public funding and regulation provides quality and sustainable early learning and wrap-around supports for all infants and toddlers and their families. This network includes partnering with organizations with strong reputations for quality analysis and community engagement.
  3. RESEARCH — We conduct and support research that identifies innovations and how to scale them, and we evaluate our services and measure our impact. This research is conducted in partnership with high-quality, independent researchers affiliated with universities and other research organizations.