The Schumann Fund grant to Advocates for Children of New Jersey supports their work to protect current investments in early care and education and make the case for increased investments for low income children across the state. ACNJ’s “Right From the Start” initiative calls for parents, the public and private sectors to work together to ensure that children’s needs are met so they can “start off strong,” “thrive by five,” and be “great at eight.”
Early Childhood Development $423,800
B.R.I.C.K.. Newark, Inc. was founded by a group of Teach for America corps members with a long-term commitment to teaching and leading in the Newark Public Schools. They have taken on the challenge of transforming two of the city’s worst performing schools into safe, nurturing academically challenging environments for students. Our grant supports the development of high quality early childhood programs at the schools.
The Schumann Fund’s grant to Child Care Connection, a childcare resource and referral agency, will enable the organization to assess the quality of Family Child Care Providers in three New Jersey counties, as part of a state-wide quality improvement effort.
The Newark Preschool Council Head Start Program provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to Newark families in 39 stand-alone centers and in Newark Public School classrooms. Our grant supports a Newark-wide needs assessment and strategic plan for the Council.
Our grant to the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey helps them coordinate the work of Irvington Children Achieving and Reaching Educational Success(ICARES), a coalition of Irvington community leaders, child care providers, and parents dedicated to improving the quality of early care and education in that city.
Programs for Parents is the childcare resource and referral agency for Essex County NJ. The Schumann Fund grant, in partnership with other foundations, enables the agency to implement a Quality Rating and Improvement System for 20 early childhood programs that serve 2,500 infants and toddlers in Newark’s South Ward.
over two years
High quality early education can eliminate the cognitive and language gaps between poor kindergarten-age children and their wealthier peers. The Build Initiative for Early Learning (a project of the national Early Childhood Funders Collaborative) will help New Jersey participate with nine other states to create coordinated systems of high-quality early learning programs, policies, and services to meet the needs of families with children from birth to five. The Schumann grant supports that effort.
over two years
Our grant to the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative enables the collaborative to provide information and technical assistance to prospective early childhood funders and funding for New Jersey’s participation the national Early Childhood Philanthropic Fund.
Environmental Protection $65,000
The Greater Newark Conservancy works to improve the quality of life in Newark and surrounding Essex County towns by promoting environmental stewardship of and by the community. The Schumann grant supports the Conservancy’s hands-on education programs for students from Newark, Irvington and East Orange.
The New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) is an alliance of 70 community, environmental and worker organizations working to improve the environment and to ensure that workplaces are safe for people who work in them and for families who live nearby. Our grant supports WEC’s Safe Recovery Project that provides education, training, and technical assistance to volunteer organizations working on recovery projects in communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
The Trust for Public Land’s goal is to conserve open space for recreational and educational use. The Schumann Fund’s grant supports TPL’s Parks for People Newark program that engages students, teachers, parents, and other community members in the design, development, and stewardship of Newark playgrounds and parks.
Essex County $300,000
For more than 25 years, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Essex County has worked to promote the welfare of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Our grant supports advocacy efforts on behalf of children aged 0-8.
The Schumann Fund supports the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s BackPack Program that discreetly provides supplemental food to more than 4,000 children at risk of being hungry over weekends.
Independence: A Family of Services encompasses a variety of community-based programs for children youth and families in urban Essex County. Our grant supports programs at their East Orange Family Success Center, a centralized hub of social, educational, and recreational services designed to enhance family functioning.
A Schumann Fund grant to Kids Corporation supports their Educational Service that provides academic and material resources to afterschool and summer programs in community-based programs in Newark.
La Casa de Don Pedro is one of New Jersey’s largest and oldest Hispanic-serving organizations, offering more than 30 programs ranging from preschool to affordable housing development. Our grant provides operating support.
Newark Emergency Services for Families provides comprehensive emergency and social services to needy Essex County Services. The Schumann grant provides operating support.
Schumann provides support for the Irvington Family Development Center, a one-stop resource center for health, education and social services for the City of Irvington’s children and families.
The Schumann Fund grant to The North Ward Center supports engineering, architect, and other pre-development costs for expansion of Robert Treat Academy to Newark’s Central Ward.
The Schumann Fund supports the Salvation Army’s Grandfamilies Success Center, a center specifically dedicated to providing information, services and supports for kinship caregivers.
Unified Vailsburg Services Organization’s programs benefit more than 1,000 Newark citizens from infants to senior citizens every day. Preschool, afterschool programs, senior services, housing development, and community organizing are among the myriad programs offered by this agency. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
The Youth Development Clinic offers high-quality behavioral health services to Essex County’s families and children. Using a highly skilled, diverse team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and learning consultants, YDC brings their services to neighborhoods where families live and where children attend school. The Schumann Fund provides operating support.
Public Policy $516,000
211 Community Impact is a new organization created to engage parents and community institutions in the educational life of their children. Our grant supports 211 Community Impact’s efforts to educate parents and community leaders about the Common Core Content Standards.
The Abbott Leadership Institute trains parents and community activists to be effective advocates for school change in Newark, NJ. Our grant provides operating support.
Big Picture Learning works in cities across the United States to design, develop and support the operation of innovative, successful schools. The Schumann grant supports enhancements to its guidance program so that Big Picture guidance counselors can provide needed support to New Jersey’s Big Picture alumni while they are in college or career training.
The Schumann Fund grant to the Rutgers Child Advocacy Center supports their work with youth transitioning out of foster care.
A Schumann grant to the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers supports the Newark philanthropic liaison who works to promote collaboration between private and corporate foundations interested in investing in the city and to ensure that private investments are targeted to priorities the city identifies.
Our grant to the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers provides general support to enable the Council to expand its program offerings and extend its capacity to strengthen philanthropy in New Jersey.
A Schumann grant to Eagle Academy Foundation provides support for a comprehensive college awareness/college preparation program at Eagle Newark, a boys-only school designed to promote academic rigor, build character, and serve the specific academic and social/emotional needs of Black and Latino boys.
The Education Law Center has been a stalwart advocate for equitable school policies for the past 40 years. The Schumann Fund supports its continued advocacy for equitable school funding in New Jersey and for preschool expansion in the state.
Our grant to Grantmakers for Children Youth & Families supports this network of grantmakers who share our interest in improving the lives of young children, and their families especially in the areas of early childhood education, child welfare, school-based services and mentoring.
Grantmakers for Education is a network of leaders from private, corporate, and family foundations that make grants to programs and policy efforts to improve student achievement. Our grant supports this network and its commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students.
An understanding of the history of race and class, and how it affects students and teachers is an important part of a teacher’s professional development. Our grant to the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program enables a cohort of 40 new teachers to participate in ?Undoing Racism,” a 2.5 day immersion training in understanding the root causes and societal effect of structural racism.
The Schumann Fund supports the Education Fund’s efforts to provide comprehensive financial empowerment and asset preservation programs for low and moderate income families residing in Essex County.
The Newark Trust for Education, a local education fund, works to develop, coordinate, and sustain efforts to improve public education and student outcomes in Newark. The Schumann grant supports those efforts.
Our grant to Paterson Education Fund supports their Graduating Every Paterson Child initiative ? a strategic effort to improve student outcomes in the city.
The Paterson Education Organizing Committee is an all-volunteer organization made up of parents and community residents who have successfully campaigned for public school improvements in the City of Paterson. The Schumann grant supports the salary of a part-time community organizer.
Our grant to Public Interest Projects’ Communities for Public Education Reform project supports community organizing for improved education in New Jersey and leverages a seventh and final year of national foundation investment for this effort.
The Schumann Fund is supporting the Institute’s 2013 Heningburg Civic Fellows Program, a rigorous four-day study and discussion with Newark civic leaders and Rutgers faculty focusing on immigration, health, education, and arts and culture of the City. This year’s fellows will be Newark’s four mayoral candidates.
Save Our Schools NJ works to protect and improve public education in New Jersey by identifying individuals committed to high quality public education, informing them about research and policy related to public education, and encouraging them to become actively engaged in protecting and improving public education in their community. Our grant enables SOSNJ to hire two part-time community organizers.
The Schumann grant provides continued support for the establishment of the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellowship Program.