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Bright & Early DuPage Grants

2017
Addison Early Childhood Collaborative - $65,000

Bensenville Early Learning Supporters - $18,000

Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to Five Collaboration - $18,050

DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration - $65,000

Glenbard Early Childhood Collaboration - $65,000

Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboration - $50,000

Willowbrook Corner Early Childhood Coalition - $55,000
Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund

2016
Metropolitan Family Services - $150,000
To support the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative and the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative.

DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform - $62,000
To support the Regional Early Childhood Collaboration.

Bensenville School District 2 - $24,000
To support the Bensenville Early Learning Supporters Collaboration.

Community Consolidated School District 93 - $11,750
To support the Birth to Five Collaboration.

2015
Metropolitan Family Services - $150,000
To support the continuation of the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative and the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative.

Bensenville District 2 - $40,000
To support a third collaborative, the Bensenville Early Learners Supporters (BELS).

DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform - $50,000
To help fund a regional early childhood hub that will provide technical assistance and coordinate professional development for early childhood providers, develop county-wide metrics and accountability, identify relevant data that should be collected and assist local collaborations in interpreting said data in order to make decisions about their next steps.

2014
Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley 2-year grant for - $30,000
($15,000 in 2014 and $15,000 in 2015)
To support the Make the First Five Count initiative to educate childcare providers in DuPage County in the proper use and dissemination of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) screening tool with the goal of expanding the number of children who are screened during the first five years of their lives. This is a collaborative project with the YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral.

Metropolitan Family Services - $150,000
To support the Addison Early Childhood Collaboration in creating a collaborative system focused specifically on improving kindergarten/school readiness of children in under-resourced areas located in the Addison community and also to continue support of the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative.

Positive Parenting DuPage - $20,000
To support Positive Parenting DuPage in their efforts to:

  • improve capacity of DuPage early childhood professionals to educate parents of young children
  • improve access and connections to resources by professionals and families
  • increase collaboration and systems-building in Addison
  • coordinate professional development resources to be used by local collaboration members

Addison School District #4 - $10,000

To support the work of the Addison Early Childhood Collaborative (AECC) as they provide school readiness opportunities for children in the Addison community prior to their entrance into kindergarten. The grant enables the AECC to:

  • create a resource guide of essential skills appropriate for developmental age levels
  • provide presentations to families regarding essential skills children need to acquire prior to kindergarten
  • provide professional development and training

Metropolitan Family Services - $9,027 (funding from JCS Fund)
To support a two-part, eight-hour professional training series to help DuPage early childhood providers develop skills and strategies to effectively introduce and assimilate music into their programs. The series, taught by faculty members from Wheaton College's Community School of the Arts, focused on developing aural skills using singing, rhythmic and melodic patterning, basic rhythm instruments and focused listening examples.

Technical Assistance Consulting - $25,000
To support the services of two consultants who have early childhood care and education and collaboration-building expertise to provide technical assistance (consultation and mentoring support, mission/vision development, work plan strategies, board development, meeting facilitation, etc.) for current and emerging collaborations.

2013
Metropolitan Family Services - $75,000
To support the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboration in creating a collaborative system focused specifically on improving kindergarten/school readiness of children in under-resourced areas located in the Wheaton/Warrenville communities served by School District 200. The collaborative will develop strategies and processes to increase:

  • communication among early childhood service providers
  • parent education about early childhood development needs
  • professional development for early childhood service providers

Metropolitan Family Services - $10,000
To enable the Wheaton Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboration to: provide incentives for at-risk families in an effort to encourage participation in programs develop resource materials and books for early childhood provider professional development create promotional materials designed to increase awareness about the need for early childhood services and programs

  • develop kindergarten readiness kits
  • increase developmental screenings

History of Early Childhood Care and Education Grants

2012
Educare of West DuPage - $15,000
To support a professional development project focused on quality dual language strategies and professional learning in partnership with the DuPage Professional Development Task force.

DuPage Children’s Museum - $15,000
To support the Kindergarten Math Initiative, a hands-on approach to improve math literacy for kindergarten students.

2011
Positive Parenting DuPage (Positive) and YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) - $50,000
To support an ongoing collaboration with Positive and the CCR&R designed to build capacity within birth to five service providers. Funding allowed for the continuation of the Quality Enhancement Consultation Model as well as professional training and development, technical assistance and grant writing support for DuPage home visiting programs. Home visiting for families with young children is a strategy which offers information, guidance, risk assessment, and parenting support interventions. The typical home visiting program is designed to improve some combination of pregnancy outcomes, parenting skills and early childhood health and development, particularly for families at higher social risk. In DuPage County, Positive coordinates 13 home visiting programs in order to avoid duplication of effort and to maximize upon existing community assets. As a result of the knowledge and experience gained by professional care-givers, teachers and counselors through these programs, it is expected that the number of children receiving higher-quality child care will grow exponentially each year.

With funding from this grant, the CCR&R also launched the Leadership Institute which was formally developed as a result of the success achieved through the director training series which was funded by a 2010 grant from The DuPage Community Foundation.

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage - $15,000
To support the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program, a home visiting program which serves low-income families in Woodridge. PAT is designed to focus on the important role of parents as their child’s first teacher, emphasizing parent-child interaction and parental ability to enhance intellectual development during their child’s early years. Through home visits, family nights, play groups, screenings and a resource network, trained providers help at-risk parents to develop skills in building the foundation for their child’s school and life success.

Child’s Voice School - $5,000
To support the early intervention program to assist young children who have hearing loss.

Educare of West DuPage - $15,000
To purchase and install audio observation equipment for four classrooms and two observation rooms in the new West Chicago facility. The equipment will help to facilitate the professional development of early childhood educators throughout DuPage County.

DuPage Children’s Museum - $7,500
To support the continued expansion of Play to Learn which was piloted with a 2010 grant from The DuPage Community Foundation. Play to Learn brings the Museum’s portable interactive exhibits and open-ended activities to early childhood programs for low-income families to encourage parent-child learning partnerships and school readiness for children ages 3 to 5.

2010
Positive Parenting DuPage (Positive) and YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) - $25,000
To support a collaborative partnership with Positive and the CCR&R to establish and maintain the Quality Enhancement Consultation Model. This model provides interested childcare providers with a trained consultant who will draft a quality enhancement plan with goals and action steps that connect the provider or organization with the appropriate resources to carry out its quality improvement plan. Once engaged in the process, the consultant will mentor and guide programs through a variety of technical assistance mechanisms: leadership training and networking; enrollment into Creative Curriculum with mentoring around professional development; and technical and grant-writing assistance.

Educare of West DuPage - $25,000
To support construction and start-up programming for the new Educare facility in West Chicago. Educare offers an intensive full-day, year-round program for at-risk children from birth to kindergarten in this community. In addition to the direct services provided to the 150 children enrolled annually in the program, the facility offers training and outreach to early childhood education providers throughout DuPage County and serves as a model of best practices.

DuPage Children’s Museum - $7,805
To launch the DuPage Children’s Museum’s pilot program, Play to Learn, a new collaboration with Head Start programs in Bensenville, Lombard/Villa Park, and Downers Grove/Woodridge. Program activities are designed to advance young children’s learning, creativity and problem solving and help parents, grandparents and caregivers develop learning partnerships and skills which promote school readiness. By the end of the first year, 150 children, their respective parents, grandparents, caregivers and 16 classroom teachers benefited from the program.

2009
Positive Parenting DuPage and YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral - $3,932
To support the continuance of the capacity building project launched in 2007.

Child’s Voice School - $5,000
To support for the early intervention program to assist children who have hearing loss.

2007
Positive Parenting DuPage (Positive) and YWCA Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) - $25,000
To support the implementation of a collaborative project between Positive and CCR&R to provide professional development for early childcare providers and to increase the capacity of these programs to pursue grant funding. Three child care centers implemented Creative Curriculum with the professional assistance from a trained mentor. Twelve childcare programs received technical and grant writing support.

2006
College of DuPage - $7,500
To support two public forums on the issues of Early Childhood Care and Education and Workforce Development.

YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, West Suburban - $1,000
To support a public forum on the issue of Early Childhood Care and Education in DuPage County.

Bridge Communities - $5,000
To support the Children's Services Program which serves families in the transitional housing program.

2005
B.R. Ryall YMCA - $5,000
To help offset childcare costs for families in need as part of the Childcare Program.