The Association for Children of New Jersey’s advocacy and action have helped make New Jersey a national leader in early care and education. Since 1998 ACNJ has led the effort to bring high-quality, well-planned preschool to children in New Jersey’s poorest cities and rural areas. The Schumann Fund supported ACNJ’s advocacy, outreach and coordination of the Early Childhood Coalition and of the BUILD initiative.
Early Childhood Development $155,000
In 2008 the Schumann Fund supported the piloting of a professional development and mentoring program to improve the ability of early childhood teachers to work with children and families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The 2009 grant supported the expansion of the mentoring component of this training.
Pre-K Now is a 10-year national campaign for universal prekindergarten launched by Pew Charitable Trusts in 2002. Our investment supports the technical assistance they provide to the Association for Children of New Jersey’s campaign to expand high quality preschool in New Jersey.
The Schumann Fund supported Teaching for Change’s efforts to introduce cultural competence into the professional development protocols for early childhood teachers in New Jersey.
Environmental Protection $97,500
The Camden Children’s Garden, operated by the Camden City Garden Club is a four-acre oasis on the Camden Riverfront that provides educational and recreational opportunities to area families. The Schumann Fund supported educational programming at the Garden and in area schools.
The Greater Newark Conservancy works with Newark schools, community organizations and neighborhood beautification groups to revitalize the city through its innovative programs. The Schumann Fund’s grant supports the Conservancy’s hands-on science education programs for children.
The historic Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark is among the city’s poorest. Since 2004, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District has organized the neighborhood to win better services and provided renovated housing for residents. The Schumann Fund grant supported LPCCD’s Green Collar Apprenticeship Program, training Newark residents for green collar jobs in the construction industry.
The New Jersey Work Environment Council is an alliance of labor, community, and environmental organizations working together to improve the environment and to ensure that workplaces are safe for people who work in them and for families who live nearby. Schumann is supporting WEC’s Green Jobs Forum, a collaborative to develop consensus on the steps needed to create and sustain new green jobs in New Jersey.
The Rahway River Association brings together a diverse group of community and business organizations and local residents to preserve open space, protect natural resources, and improve water quality in the Rahway River Watershed. Our grant provides operating support.
Essex County $285,000
The Schumann Fund supported implementation of the organization’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.
The Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s mission is to fight hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long term solutions to hunger and poverty. The Food Bank’s Kids Division provides hot meals, new clothing, and school supplies to children in Newark and across New Jersey. The Schumann Fund supports that effort.
Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocate helps Family Court judges in Essex County protect the welfare of the County’s foster children. The Schumann Fund supported Essex County CASA’s advocacy program for Essex County foster children aged birth to five.
Ironbound Community Corporation is a grassroots community-based organization addressing the myriad needs of nearly 1000 residents on a daily basis and advocating for equitable social, educational and environmental policies. Our grant provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund supported Kids Corporation’s Educational Service, which provides resources to after-school and summer programs in community-based organizations in Newark.
Link Community School’s small classes, committed teachers, high expectations and extensive summer and afterschool programs give urban seventh and eighth-graders the transformational educational experiences they need to succeed. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
For more than three decades, NESF has provided comprehensive emergency services to families and individuals in crisis. Many of NESF’s clients are working, but earning too little to weather crises – eviction, high utility costs, loss of a job, sudden illness. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund supported the Newark Family Resource Network’s Community Networ, which provides in-home and on-site prevention services for at-risk families not currently involved with New Jersey’s child welfare system.
In 1998 the Northern NJ Maternal Child Health Consortium created the Irvington Family Development Center, a family resource center. The center provides an array of programs: literacy, quality childcare, early childhood mental health, prenatal and health services and parenting classes. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Unified Vailsburg Services Organization is a dynamic, responsive multi-service organization that addresses the needs of senior citizens, young families, and youth. It is a voice for residents for neighborhood concerns, information, and action. The Schumann grant provides operating support.
For more than 50 years, the Youth Development Clinic has provided behavioral health services to families in Newark and surrounding areas who would not otherwise have access to those services. Schumann provides operating support.
Public Policy $213,000
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents and community activists to be effective advocates for school improvement in Newark. The Schumann Fund supports their training and outreach efforts.
The Abbott Leadership Institute provides staff support for the Committee of Advocates for Newark’s Children: a group of leaders from Newark’s philanthropic, corporate, non-profit and higher education sectors working to be an independent voice and monitor of school improvement strategies in the Newark School District. The Schumann Fund provided funds for this work.
The goal of the Charter School Resource Center is to provide charter school operators with the technical assistance they need to get a charter and then to operate excellent schools. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Schumann Fund supported the Education Law Center’s Secondary School Reform Project, focusing on ensuring that adequate resources are in place for effective implementation of new state requirements for high school gradation.
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The Schumann Fund supports the Statewide Education Organizing Committee efforts to build an independent parents organization in Asbury Park to enable them to campaign for improvement and change in their children’s schools.
Schumann Fund support provides bridge funding for the start-up of Vailsburg Prep, a charter high school for Newark residents.