Grants Awarded

2010 - 2011 Grants Awarded

East Durham Children's initiative Evaluation: $100,000 over two years
The East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI) was formed in 2009 to provide a comprehensive continuum of supports that address the challenges of chronic and inter-generational poverty. The goal is to offer a conveyor belt of services from infancy through high school to support children's social, emotional, and academic growth. The EDCI model is based upon the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) in New York City. Researchers from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University will measure program efficacy and ensure continuous quality improvement for two EDCI interventions: The Hill Early Literacy Program (HELP) and The Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP). They will also begin to build a comprehensive, longitudinal database for all EDCI programs.

Educare Randomized Control Trial Year 1: $100,000
Grounded in research, Educare is a full-day, full-year early care and education program for low-income children birth to five. It is focused on narrowing or closing the achievement gap by kindergarten entry as a foundation for success in school and in life. Using a randomized clinical trial design, researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will measure children's cognitive, language, social-emotional, and executive functioning outcomes.

A Unified Assessment System to Inform Early Care and Education (ECE) Professional Development and Instructional Practices in New York City (Phase I): $35,000
Phase I of this project will search for a common metric that links across all ECE child assessment instruments currently being used by New York City agencies to track children's progress and inform classroom instruction. By co-developing a common child assessment metric system that feeds back into the professional development systems across all City agencies, New York City will have a tool to improve school readiness and work to close the achievement gap before children reach kindergarten. The Principal Investigator is Dr. LaRue Allen of the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University. 

Family Academy: Researchers and Practitioners Improving Outcomes for 0-3 Year Olds: $365,000 over three years
This three-year longitudinal project will study the promising family-centered Family Academy model and test its efficacy using a randomized wait list control group design. This unique model was developed through a grassroots community-engaged process with participants, practitioners and researchers. Located in Minneapolis, MN, the Family Academy is the early childhood parent education component of the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ), a zone-based approach to building a continuum of educational and social support for children, birth to age 18, and their families, ensuring that all children in the NAZ are college-ready. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Lauren Martin in the Center for Early Education and Development at the University Research and Outreach/Engagement Center (CEED@UROC) of the University of Minnesota. 

2009 - 2010 Grants Awarded

Educare Randomized Control Trial: $100,000
The Educare Model was developed by the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce) in Chicago and is a promising strategy for closing the achievement gap at school entry.  The Brady Education Foundation joins the Buffet Early Childhood Fund, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in funding the Start-Up Phase of the Randomized Control Trial to be conducted by the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Public Montessori Preschool Outcomes in a Low-Income Community: $400,000 over three years
This three-year longitudinal study will follow 3-6 year olds in two high-fidelity Montessori magnet schools and a randomized control group of 3-6 year olds in business-as-usual schools located in Hartford, CT. The principal investigator, Dr. Angeline Lillard of the University of Virginia, conducted a pilot study published in Science in 2006, showing that children at a public Montessori in Milwaukee had significantly better outcomes than lotteried-out counterparts at other Milwaukee area schools. Like the prior one, this new project will test for a range of social, behavioral and academic outcomes.