Early childhood healthcare grants awarded to U.S. 10 communities
Pritzker Children’s Initiative selected 10 communities to receive three-year Community Innovation Grants to provide healthcare services for infants and toddlers.
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“Supporting strong prenatal-to-(3 year old) efforts in communities across the nation is key to expanding the numbers of young children in the United States with access to high-quality programs and services,” said Gerry Cobb, the director of the Pritzker Children’s Initiative. “We believe that by beginning prenatally and continuing these supports after birth, we are setting infants and toddlers on the path to success in school, and in life, is work upon which we can all agree. We are pleased to support the priorities of the deserving recipients through these grants, and want to build upon the innovative work being done by their outstanding public and private partners who have come together on behalf of the nation’s youngest children.”
The grant winners are:
- The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (Bridgeport Prospers), Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Children’s Trust of Alachua County, Alachua County, Florida
- Agenda for Children, New Orleans, Louisiana
- The Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City, Maryland
- First Steps Kent, Kent County, Michigan
- Ready for School, Ready for Life, Guilford County, North Carolina
- The Adirondack Foundation (Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance), Adirondack Region, New York (including Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties and the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation)
- Learn To Earn Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio
- Trying Together, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
- Tarrant County Health Department (in partnership with My Health My Resources), Tarrant County, Texas
The grants are meant to inspire thoughtful plans that increase access to services for infants, toddlers and their families. The hope is that funding will allow organizations to develop strategies to equitably reach at-risk populations with approaches that can be replicated throughout the state.
The coalitions and their members will join other national, state and local organizations as part of the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers.