September 20, 2019
Nine Nonprofit Partnerships Get $600K to Serve Young Children

July 28, 2018 — The Boston Foundation this week announced that in connection with its early childhood strategy it has awarded $600,000 to nine partnerships led by Boston nonprofits that serve pregnant mothers and families with young children across the city.

The Boston Foundation said the partnerships "represent a number of unique approaches to tackle issues and work to improve the overall quality and coordination of care for young children, by increasing and aligning services for children and families, enhancing resources to ensure healthy child development, and strengthening the child care workforce."

TBD President Paul S. Grogan said the initiative was launched to "address the clear need for an increased investment in early childhood programs that have an impact on children’s later success."

Receiving grants to expand their work were the following:

Partnership: Developing and Piloting a System to Prioritize Mental Health Services for DCF-involved Infants, Young Children and Families: $100,000

Lead partner: Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This grant will allow MSPCC to develop and pilot a system to prioritize mental health services for DCF-involved infants, young children, and families.

Partners include: Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health, Massachusetts Head Start Association, Massachusetts Alliance for Families, and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Partnership: Family Strength and Wellness Initiative: $100,000

Lead partner: Smart from the Start

This grant supports Smart from the Start’s Family Strength and Wellness initiative that seeks to expand trauma-focused work with families in Boston Housing Authority public housing.

Partners include: Brazelton Touchpoints Center, and Boston Housing Authority

Partnership: Expanded Partnership for Allston-Brighton Family Support and Engagement: $100,000

Lead partner: Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts

This grant supports expanding partnerships focused on Allston-Brighton family support and engagement through locally recruited Parent Partner Liaisons.

Partners include: Charles River Community Health Center, Jamaica Plain Brighton WIC, and The Basics, Inc.

Partnership: Strengthening Social-Emotional Development: $50,000

Lead partner: Horizons for Homeless Children

This grant supports expanding a partnership that seeks to strengthen the social-emotional development of children through expanded trauma-informed care and parental involvement.

Partners include: Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Receiving grants to launch new early childhood-focused initiatives were the following:

Partnership: Strengthening Supports for Spanish- and Chinese-Language Family Care Providers: $50,000

Lead Partner: Urban College of Boston

This grant funds efforts to strengthening supports for Spanish- and Chinese-language family child care providers.

Partners include: BMC Vital Village Network, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Asian American Civic Association, and ABCD Child Choices of Boston and Head Start

Partnership: It Takes a Village: Forging New Pathways to High-Quality Early Childhood Services for East Boston’s Highest-Risk Young Families: $50,000

Lead partner: Roca

This grant supports the development of new pathways to high-quality early childhood services for East Boston’s highest-risk young families, especially immigrant mothers ages 15 to 24.

Partners include: Department of Transitional Assistance, Department of Children and Families, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, East Boston Social Centers, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Partnership: Economic Mobility for Pregnant and New Mothers: $50,000

Lead partner: Boston Medical Center

This grant supports embedding economic mobility mentoring for pregnant and new mothers in health service delivery settings.

Partners include: Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), and BMC Vital Villages Network

Partnership: Shared Services in Massachusetts: Boston Pilot: $49,982

Lead partner: United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

This grant supports the Boston pilot project of the United Way’s Shared Services initiative.

Partners include: UMass Boston’s Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, Tech Goes Home, Bunker Hill Community College, the City of Boston, and multiple center-based and family child care providers

Partnership: Dimock/Urban Edge Collaborative for Innovative Partnerships: $49,469

Lead partner: The Dimock Center

This grant provides funds for the Dimock/Urban Edge Collaborative, for forming a partnership to provide stronger wrap-around supports and streamline early child care services for families in Urban Edge housing.

Partners include: Urban Edge

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