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Early Childhood Education

Focus Areas & Types of Programs Funded

   “Quality education for all should be our goal.”


Bill Daniels’ motivation

Bill Daniels’ goal was to provide excellent Early Childhood Education opportunities for all children. Following his lead, our grantmaking strategy in this area recognizes the important role of parents — as well as early childhood education providers — to ensure a child’s readiness to enter school on a path to success. 

Our goals in this funding area

We make grants that improve the work of parents and early childhood education providers in building school readiness in our youngest learners.

PLEASE NOTE: For early childhood education centers, the Daniels Fund focuses its support on quality improvements, and does not make grants for general operating support or tuition assistance. It may be helpful to speak to a Grants Program Officer before starting the grant application process.


Early Childhood Education

Goal: Improve the quality of the early childhood education system to ensure school readiness.

Motivation: Bill cared deeply about children and their education, and he saw the need for early childhood experiences that provide a healthy, safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment.

Focus Areas & Types of Programs Funded

Teacher/Leadership Quality



  • Preparation and training
  • Accountability

  • Curriculum and materials
  • Capital construction and improvement

  • Information and resources
  • Outreach and education