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Post: 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook Released

Student enrollment in state-funded preschool programs has reached an all-time high, according to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook published by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). However, access to high-quality programs still varies significantly from state to state.

Post: The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students

A new study released last week by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) reveals that English learner students who attend California’s transitional kindergarten program enter kindergarten with stronger English language, mathematics, and literacy skills than English learners who do not. The report, Transitional Kindergarten in California: The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on English Learner Students, is the… Continue Reading

Post: New AAAS Mass Media Fellows Ready to Communicate Science

For the third year, the Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to support the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in its competitive fellowship program that connects scientists and journalists to better communicate complex science ideas to all audiences.

Post: Introducing Our New Director of Education

I’m delighted to announce that Barbara Chow will join the Heising-Simons Foundation as our new Director of Education. Barbara has deep experience in philanthropy, government, and policy, most recently serving for eight years as the Education Program Director for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. We could not be more pleased to have Barbara, an insightful… Continue Reading

Person: Karina Rivera

Karina Rivera is a program associate for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Karina was a senior associate consultant at VIVA Strategy + Communications, where she managed multi-partner early learning systems projects and provided strategic consultation to county and regional partners implementing Quality Rating & Improvement Systems (QRIS) across… Continue Reading

Post: New Consensus Study Assesses the Long-term Effects of Pre-K Education

This week, Education grantee Brookings Institution hosted leading pre-K researchers who presented six consensus statements about the effects of pre-K education, with the goal of informing further research in this area. The consensus statements are part of a report, “The Current State of Scientific Knowledge on Pre-Kindergarten Effects,” that includes the role of curriculum, challenges… Continue Reading

Post: Letter from the President: April 2017

Dear Colleagues: As we begin the second quarter of the year, I wanted to thank you, our friends and partners, for your good work and to share with you some of the connections we see across your efforts and ours. In the past quarter, we awarded more than $12.8 million through 67 new grants. In… Continue Reading

Post: Looking Back at 2016: An Interactive Infographic

For the Heising-Simons Foundation, 2016 was a year of expansion. Our team grew, we added Human Rights and Community to our program areas, and the total amount we awarded increased to more than $54.8 million. We are deeply grateful to our grantees and partners for their continuous hard work and commitment to advance sustainable solutions… Continue Reading