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The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood


    The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development projects that enhances the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country.

    Each of its grants is made with the expectation that a successful project outcome will be of significant interest to other investigators or developers, within the grantees field of endeavor, and will be amenable to beneficial application or adaptation elsewhere. The foundations goal is to provide seed money for those imaginative endeavors, addressed to the needs of young children, which appear most likely to bear fruit on a national scale.

    The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

    1. Early Childhood Welfare
      1. Children can only reach their full potential when all aspects of their development, intellectual, emotional and physical, are optimally supported. Providing a safe and nurturing environment for infants and preschoolers is essential, as is imparting to them the skills of social living in a culturally diverse world. This Foundation support programs that research best child rearing practices and identify models that can provide creative, caring environments to ensure all children thrive.
    2. Early Childhood Education and Play
      1. Research shows that children need to be stimulated as well as nurtured, early in life, if they are to succeed in school, work and life. That preparation relates to every aspect of a childs development, from birth to age seven, and everywhere a child learns at home, in childcare settings and in preschool. This Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.
    3. Parenting Education
      1. To help parents create nurturing environments for their children, we support programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs which provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

    History of Funding

    Previous awards given can be viewed at their home site on the program page.

    Additional Information

    The Foundation will not fund:
    • the operation or expansion of existing programs
    • the purchase or renovation of capital equipment
    • the staging of single events (e.g., concerts, seminars, etc.)
    • the creation or acquisition of works of art or literature
    • the activities of single individuals or for-profit entities
    • political or religious organizations
    • programs with religious content
    • programs to benefit children residing in foreign countries
    • medical research applicable to both adults and children


    Amanda Keiffer

    Amanda Keiffer
    108 East Main Street
    Lock Haven, PA 17745
    (717) 291-7201

  • Eligibility Details

    Nonprofit organizations are eligible to submit applications.

    Deadline Details

    The foundation has 2 to 3 application cycles per year pending the availability of funds. The deadlines for submitting a Letter of Inquiry in 2018 are May 31 and September 30. A similar timeline is anticipated annually.

    LOIs should include the following information:

    • The organizations official name, website address and contact information
    • A brief (250 word maximum) summary of the organizations mission and recent program history
    • The organizations 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status letter from the IRS and its Federal Tax ID#
    • The total amount of the organizations annual budget
    • The total amount of the grant request
    • An indication of the amount and type of support being requested from all sources
    • Title of the project and a narrative description (1,000 words or less) of the issue(s) or need(s) to be addressed by the proposal, the work to be performed and the anticipated outcome.
    • A description of how the proposal fits the Foundations program guidelines.
    • A description of how your project and/or research is innovative in nature.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by proposal, and range between $20,000 and $100,000. Most grants fall below $50,000.

    The Foundation will not fund arbitrary or excessive allocations of indirect expenses even if a project is worthy. The Foundations Board will only approve a maximum of 15% of a projects direct expenses, when earmarked as general and/or administrative overhead.


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