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Supporting Effective Children, Youth, and Family Philanthropy

Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF) serves as a point of contact for grantmakers seeking collegial and collaborative relationships with other funders concerned with children, youth, and families.

GCYF is not a grantmaking institution. For information on grant opportunities, visit The Foundation Center website.


Building on Achievements in Extending Children’s Health Coverage

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, commonly known as the ACA, included a range of measures to improve the health of children and secure children’s access to needed health services. A new white paper from Grantmakers in Health and Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families takes stock of progress in implementing those measures and considers what will be needed to keep the momentum going and address outstanding challenges.   Produced under a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Two Generation Approaches to Poverty Reduction & the Earned Income Tax Credit

The 2015 Annual Convening in Washington, DC, featured a compelling plenary panel discussion on  strategies funders are using to advance two-generation poverty reduction through the EITC. The session featured René Bryce-Laporte, Board Member, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Elisa De La Vara, Sr. Director, Philanthropic Services-Community Initiatives, Arizona Community Foundation, and  Bob Greenstein, President, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and was facilitated by Shelley Waters Boots, Senior Consultant at Annie E. Casey Foundation.  A webinar archive of this panel is now available.

Joan Poliak, Casey Family Programs to Receive 2015 Fred Rogers Leadership Award

On November 3rd, GCYF presented the 2015 Fred Rogers Leadership Award to Joan Poliak, Trustee at the Casey Foundation.  GCYF presents this prestigious award annually at the Annual Convening in memory of one of the country's most beloved advocates for children, Fred McFeely Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”).  To learn more about the 2015 Fred Rogers Award, click here.

Developments in Early Childhood Care and Education

 In light of recently increasing attention to early childhood care and education and this issue's importance to the well-being America's children, GCYF has compiled a library of resources and analysis on this topic. Use this page to view research on early childhood education, as well as news articles pertaining to the state-level early education expansion initiatives, plans to expand pre-kindergarten education nationwide, and the political and funding dynamics of these initiatives.

 Keep Posted on the Ongoing Budget Discussions

Want to read the latest news and current analysis and resources on the budget and what the various proposals mean for children, youth, and families? Visit our Budget page to find out more and what you can do to influence the debate!

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