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Funding Opportunity from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Call For Proposals (CFP): Building evidence on access to early child care and education for low-income families
Most families with young children need access to early care and education (ECE) to support children’s development and parents’ ability to work or attend school. However, many families—particularly low-income families; families of color; those living in geographically isolated areas; and those with varying or nontraditional work schedules—face barriers to access because they cannot afford ECE; live in areas that lack services that meet families’ needs; or cannot navigate complex program administration. What is needed are policies that support low-income families by providing stimulating and nurturing environments to promote their children’s healthy physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development—and their children’s future success in school and life. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to ECE for low-income families.
We will make approximately 10 grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 each through this funding opportunity (totaling $1.5 million). We aim to fund a body of research that will illuminate strategies and policies that enhance families’ access to ECE and that promote outcomes that are relevant to achieving health equity.
Academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations are all eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. We encourage you to share it with your network and consider applying yourself. We strongly encourage applications that include researchers who are from groups that are underrepresented in policy research and/or who are affiliated with institutions that serve underrepresented groups, such as historically black colleges and universities; academic institutions serving primarily Latino students such as the Hispanic Centers of Excellence; Tribal colleges; and other similar institutions. We also encourage applicants from diverse geographic areas and a range of disciplines that are relevant to policy research, including public administration; sociology; psychology; economics; community development; public health; education; social work; and others.