every child ready for kindergarten, every youth ready for work
Supporting children ages 0 to 3 and their families is the best starting point for a community seeking to graduate success-ready youth from high school.
Achievement gaps between children in very low income homes and those whose families have more resources begin within the first 3 years of life. Research shows clear links between early learning and later readiness; that’s why we connect them in our strategy, in the dedicated fund to expand our grantmaking resources, and in the partnerships we forge and encourage.
What's the impact? What's changing in the community landscape? Learn more
as of the end of 2015 $7.5 million to ECF for the Communityworks initiative $1.8 million in total outlays to support Every Child, Every Youth and related early childhood projects/programs and, a growing number of creative collaborations in early childhood
every youth ready for work
To achieve better outcomes for graduates of Evanston Township High School while building on our work with Evanston's youngest and most at risk children our current agenda focuses on building a cradle to career continuum. Learn more about Every Youth and our current Community Engagement initiative.
Legacy of Grand Victoria Foundation
Grand Victoria Foundation launched its statewide Communityworks Initiative in 2003, and ECF joined other Illinois community foundations on a transformative journey. The legacy took shape over 8 years. Learn more