Capital Area United Way will fund eight to 12 organizations that will replicate and/or expand early childhood development programs to increase school readiness among children in low-income and rural parishes within the Greater Baton Rouge area.
As part of a 10-year commitment made July 2011, and based on research by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, and others, the Capital Area United Way (CAUW) will launch a geographically-based SIF serving low-income populations in the 10-parish Greater Baton Rouge area. With a Youth Development focus, CAUW will build community impact initiatives related to early childhood success and its link to the economic well-being of rural and low-income parishes.
CAUW will measure children’s school readiness by examining indicators of improved birth outcomes; parental engagement, support, and education to meet the needs of their young children (including financial education); access to quality child care and preschool; and children's physical health, safety, and social-emotional needs are met. Research proves that targeted early childhood investments impact not only future generations but also individuals' and families' current economic well-being, by attracting new investments and industry expansions. CAUW expects to make between eight and twelve subgrant awards to organizations in the region.
Track Record before Social Innovation Fund Grant:
- CAUW is an experienced grant-making institution with an 85-year history of distributing funds to Baton Rouge-area nonprofit community organizations.
- Since 2008, CAUW has implemented a grantee selection model based on data-driven results and community impact.
- In July of 2011, CAUW launched a 10-year commitment to early childhood development with the goal that "Children in the Capital Area will enter school ready to learn." As part of their 10-year commitment to early childhood development, CAUW established an Impact Cabinet comprised of members from the business, health care, and social services communities, who engage subject matter experts from government, higher education, and the non-profit sectors to help identify, investigate, and evaluate promising models and best practices.