Since 1998, the Association for Children of New Jersey has worked to expand access to high quality early childhood education, and to ensure that three and four-year-olds in the states 31 poorest district have access to the high quality preschool to which they are entitled. The Schumann Fund supported ACNJs advocacy for early learning.
Early Childhood Development $265,000
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to the agencys programs for young children.
Research shows that Americans and their elected officials are most likely to push for policy change when they are persuaded that the changes are both morally right and in their proponents self interest. The Schumann Funds grant, supplemented with national funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts and others, supported Fight Crimes efforts to mobilize law enforcement officers and business leaders, both of which have unique credibility when making the case for increasing investments in young children.
The 33 member agencies of the Hispanic Directors Association provide affordable housing, legal help on immigration, health screening, job training and child care to about 250,000 New Jersey residents, many of them recent immigrants. The Schumann Funds grant enhanced the Associations capacity to work on early childhood policy in New Jersey, in coalition with other state-based organizations.
Children whose home language is Spanish are the fastest growing segment of the preschool population in New Jersey. The Schumann Funds grant supported the Watson Institutes piloting of a training program to improve the ability of early childhood teachers to work with English language learners and their families.
The Schumann Funds grant supported a study of the qualifications of staff in the licensed, community-based child care programs in the states poorest school districts, in anticipation of expansion of preschool into these districts.
Pre-K Now provided technical assistance and support to the Association for Children of New Jersey’s efforts to expand public investment in and access to high quality early childhood education. The Schumann Funds grant provided support for this work.
Environmental Protection $490,000
The Schumann Fund’s grant supports ANJEC’s urban environmental coordinator, who provides training and technical assistance to environmental justice groups in Newark, Linden, Edison, Camden and other New Jersey cities.
Newark has fewer acres of parkland per resident than any of the 55 biggest cities in the U.S. Its residents also have limited access to a healthful range of fruits, grains and vegetables because there are very few supermarkets within the city limits. The Schumann Fund’s grant supported the expansion of a Farmers’ Market in Branch Brook Park, part of the state’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, which provides eligible participants vouchers valid for use at the state’s farm stands.
The Schumann Fund’s grant supported the Children’s Garden’s environmental education programs in Camden’s public and independent schools.
The Schumann Fund supported the Clean Water Fund’s technical assistance to environmental justice groups in Camden, East Orange, Irvington and Newark, all of which are working to improve the quality of drinking water in their cities and to promote the adoption of “green cities” principles.
This coalition of 32 housing and environmental organizations advocates policies to provide affordable housing, property tax reform, and regional tax sharing. It identifies best practices that promote urban revitalization and stop sprawl and encourages communities to adopt them. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The EELC works to resolve environmental problems in the state by providing legal advice and representation to citizen groups. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
The Edison Wetlands Association works with municipalities and grassroots environmental groups to transform toxic sites into green space for active and passive recreational use. The Schumann Fund supported this brownfields-to-greenfields work..
The Schumann Fund supported Future City’s efforts to train Elizabeth residents, including high school students, to advocate for and maintain open space.
The Schumann Fund supported for the Conservancy’s Education Program, which provided hands-on science instruction to children in Newark’s public and independent schools.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support for the Riverkeeper’s educational, outreach and advocacy activities.
The Schumann Fund grant supported Isles’ Healthy Region Initiative, which focused on eliminating indoor environmental hazards, including lead and mold, advocated for more effective enforcement of the housing code to reduce childhood exposure to lead, and promoted healthy behaviors in children and adults.
A new group of environmentalists have emerged to focus on New Jersey’s urban environmental challenges, and to work for the elimination of environmental hazards that have a disproportionate impact on people of color and poor people. The Schumann Fund made a grant to help support the salary of a coordinator.
The Schumann Fund provided general support to this alliance of 70 labor, community and environmental organizations working together to improve the environment and to ensure that workplaces are safe both for people who work in them and for families who live nearby.
The Baykeeper’s mission is to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity, productivity and recreational utility of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, an area that includes Newark Bay; Upper and Lower New York, Bay, Raritan Bay; the Hudson, Passaic, Hackensack, Rahway, Raritan, Shrewsbury and Navesink Rivers, and the Arthur Kill. The Schumann Fund provided general support.
Since 1969, The Passaic River Coalition has worked to restore, preserve and protect the river that provides drinking water and recreational opportunities in northern New Jersey. The Schumann Fund provided general support.
The Rahway River Association was founded in 1997 to bring together business and community organizations, with local residents, to preserve open space, protect natural resources, and improve water quality in the Rahway River Watershed. The Schumann Fund provided general support.
The Schumann Fund supported Tri-State- Transportation Campaign’s work with community organizations in Newark focused on improving pedestrian safety and expanding access to public transportation.
The Schumann Fund joined other grantmakers to support a community process to design, develop and build a playground and learning garden at the Mt. Vernon School, the site of the tragic shooting of four college students.
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Essex County $425,500
The Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe and enriching afterschool and summer programs to Newark youth. The Schumann Fund supported the implementation of the Clubs’ strategic plan.
As part of its comprehensive services to families with young children, the Food Bank provides food, clothing, school supplies and books to children growing up poor in New Jersey. The Schumann Fund provided operating support for the Food Bank’s Kids Division.
The Schumann Fund supported the development of a comprehensive, searchable, dynamic Family Resource Inventory of services for at-risk families in Newark.
For more than 30 years, El Club del Barrio has provided a network of social, education, recreation and health services to a primarily Latino population in the South Broad Street/Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark. The Schumann Fund provided operating support.
CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to promote the welfare of Essex County children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Schumann Fund supported CASA’s Infant Advocacy Program.
The Schumann Fund directed its grant for support of Kids’Corporation’s Educational Service, which provides resources to after-school and summer programs operated by community-based organizations in Newark.
The Schumann Fund has provided operating support to La Casa’s early childhood programs since 1976.
Leadership Newark is a two-year experiential leadership development program for professionals in the early states of their careers who have a long-term commitment to improving the quality of life in Newark. The Schumann Fund sponsored a series of dinners with policy makers.
For 35 years, Link has provided a rigorous education to middle school students from Newark and the urban areas that surround it. The Schumann Fund continued its operating support.
Newark Emergency Services for Families has provided a safety net for Essex County residents in crisis for 30 years. The Schumann Fund continued its operating support.
The Schumann Fund grant supported the Consortium’s Irvington Family Development Center, which provides vital health and social services in one of Essex County’s neediest communities.
The Schumann Fund grant supported group counseling and teacher training for young children exhibiting disruptive classroom behavior at one of Project GRAD’s elementary schools.
The Schumann Fund provided operating support to this multi-service education and social service agency in Newark.
One of every 10 children in Newark is being raised by a grandparent. The Schumann Fund supported the “Grandfamilies Program,” which provides support and respite to grandparent-caregivers and advocates on their behalf.
The Schumann Fund provided general support to this Newark-based organization that combines direct services to families with community organizing and advocacy.
For 49 years, the Youth Development Clinic has provided mental health services to Newark children, technical assistance to Newark schools, and professional development to a diverse group of practitioners. The Schumann Fund continued its operating support.
Public Policy $640,000
The Abbott Leadership Institute’s provides training to help parents and community activists become effective advocates for school improvement. The Schumann Fund provided support for continued expansion of the Institute’s programs.
The Committee of Advocates is an independent voice for and monitor of school improvement strategies in Newark, to which the Abbott Leadership Institute provides administrative and technical support. The Schumann Fund joined other foundations to fund needed staff.
The Schumann Fund provided funding to enable ACORN to hire a full-time organizer to focus on parent and community organizing for school improvement.
The Schumann Fund grant enabled Caucus Educational Corporation, in partnership with New Jersey Policy Perspective, to produce a public affairs program about the problem of dual-office holding in New Jersey.
The Charter School Resource Center provides potential developers of charter schools with the technical assistance they need to prepare their charter application, develop a governance structure, hire teachers and choose a curriculum. The Center’s goal is to support excellent charter schools responsive to the needs of their students and their communities. The Schumann Fund provided continued operating support.
New Jersey has two paths to a high school diploma: the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and the Special Review Assessment (SRA). The Schumann Fund supported a study of the utilization of the SRA by New Jersey’s high school students.
The Schumann Fund’s provided general support to the Council’s efforts to strengthen philanthropy in New Jersey.
Cory Booker was inaugurated as Mayor of Newark in July 2007, with high expectations that his leadership would transform the city, and bring new philanthropic and corporate investment to it. For such investments to serve the needs of Newark residents, they should be responsive to those needs. To maximize the impact of philanthropic investment in Newark, the Schumann Fund, along with five other foundations, funded the position of philanthropic liaison for the City of Newark.
The Schumann Fund grant supported Secondary School Reform Network, the goal of which is to advocate for implementation of the state secondary education regulations, which require districts to create small learning communities, overhaul curriculum and courses to ensure academic rigor, provide students and families with personalized support from school staff, and ensure that new teachers have effective coaching and mentoring.
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Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families is a network of private, corporate and family foundations that share the Schumann Fund’s commitment to improving the lives of young children and their families. The Schumann Fund provided general support.
By joining Grantmakers for Education, the Schumann Fund can increase its impact in the arena of education reform and innovation.
The Schumann Fund grant supported an evaluation of the impact on student performance of The Writer’s Room, through which 200 volunteer writing coaches work one-on-one with Montclair students.
The Schumann Fund supported the Education Fund’s campaign to expand utilization of the Earned Income Tax Credit in the Newark area.
The Schumann Fund made a one-time grant to the Historical Society to support the educational programming linked to the exhibit “Newark and the Legacy of the Sixties.”
Thirty-one percent of school children in New Jersey are children of immigrants. Many of them are poor. Learning English can be a major challenge for many of these children. The Schumann Fund supported the networks efforts to educate parents about their children’s schools, and to encourage parents to enroll their children in preschool.
The Schumann Fund supported NJRC’s congregation-based regional organizing.
There are enormous disparities in graduation rates between the state’s wealthiest districts and the ones with the highest concentrations of poverty. The Schumann Fund supported the Paterson Education Fund’s campaign to “Graduate Every Paterson Child” to address this disparity.
Since 1985, the Public Education Institute, now a part of the Center for Effective School Practices, has worked to inform policymakers, educators and advocates about successful school improvement strategies. The Schumann Fund continued its general support to the Institute.
When parents are actively engaged in their children’s educations, their children are more likely to be successful in school. The Schumann Fund joined a group of state and local foundations, matched by national foundations, to support the New Jersey Fund for Education Organizing.
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Parents and community members can play an effective role in improving local schools and advocating for public policies that will improve student achievement. The Schumann Fund supported parent organizing in six school districts in New Jersey.