Nearly $100k Already Invested in Early Childhood Education This Year Alone

April 26, 2017

The Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP), now in it's 13th year, continues to have a transformative impact on the lives of young children ages zero to five who live in low-income areas across Chicago.

More than 830 children and 177 staff have been served through a range of quality improvement projects including efforts designed to build effective classroom management, increase parent engagement and empowerment, and provide education on trauma, brain development, and social-emotional learning. 

All grantees report being satisfied with their chosen consultant and identify their planning committee as a useful tool for effective project implementation. Among second-year grantees, planning committees have been tasked with identifying strategies and techniques to ensure an exchange of knowledge between current and future teachers and to establish a culture of professional development. 

At some sites, parents have become active participants in elements of the quality improvement projects, with one grantee hiring a Parent Engagement Coordinator and another establishing a Parent Ambassadors Committee. Though only six months into the 2016/2017 EQUIP grant cycle, positive strides are being made at all 10 agencies!

Children at Channings Childcare Academy in Austin are learning about STEM by gardening.


GRANTEE HIGHLIGHTS

"[Our consultant’s] enthusiasm has infected our staff…and helped them begin looking at their classrooms in a different light."

- Children’s Home + Aid, Schaumburg



Children at the Montessori School of Englewood explore and discover nature in an urban setting.

PROGRAM UPDATES

Bright Promises Foundation 2016-2017 EQUIP Program Partners:

FIRST YEAR

Bright Promises awarded a total of $50,000 to first year program partners.

Critical skills and lifelong friendships are developed at Gads Hill Center.

RENEWALS

Bright Promsies awarded a total of $32,500 to second and third year program partners.