To provide the greatest good for the greatest number of students, we must ensure that all staff and partners incorporate best practices into our work. To do so, it is essential to enhance both training in best practices and research and development of new innovations.
What The Research Says
Decades of research in early learning have provided great insight into the teaching and learning of young children, but as of yet, these lessons have not been integrated into a proven and replicable program that can be implemented at a consistent and sizable scale.
Similarly, research shows that the traumatic stress associated with poverty prevents poor children from learning, and that high-poverty communities often have schools with chaotic learning environments that actually re-traumatize students instead of helping them address their emotional challenges. To address this problem, chaotic learning environments must be transformed through new instructional techniques, mental wellness services and other wrap-around supports that reduce stress and trauma so that students can focus on academic instruction.
What We Support
Our goal is to support service providers in the development, understanding and application of best practices in education and child development. We will achieve this goal through the following work:
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT — The Foundation is committed to authentic engagement with communities, including families, service providers and other neighborhood stakeholders. To that end, the Foundation will not only gather demographic data, but will engage community members in conversation and listening sessions to genuinely understand community strengths, needs and priorities.
- RESEARCH — Understanding new trends and emerging best practices in the fields of early learning and wrap-around services is critical to improving support for children and families and will be a key area of focus for the foundation.
- PROGRAM EVALUATION — Assessing the quality of implementation and examining outcomes is essential to learning and promoting success.
- KNOWLEDGE SHARING — Sharing evidence-based practices with parents, teachers and other service providers will ensure that lessons learned can be applied in improving support for children across our communities.