Fund For Early Learning (FUEL)
In New York City, there are at least 100,000 children, ages 0-to-3, living below the poverty line. This early developmental stage is the most critical to a child’s future trajectory and lifetime outcome. However, these children are vulnerable to the damaging effects of the extreme stresses of poverty – and they’re in significant danger of falling behind their more affluent peers. Gaps begin to appear as early as age eighteen months; moreover, the further behind the children fall, the more likely they are to suffer in the long-term.
WHAT WE’RE DOING ABOUT IT
Since May 2016, we’ve consulted with 80+ leaders in fields related to our effort. We also convened a group of top specialists to provide collaborative recommendations and to identify critical opportunities.
Working with Jackie Bezos, a Robin Hood board member and chair of our early childhood committee, and John Overdeck, also a Robin Hood board member and co-founder of Two Sigma Investments, as well as several other lead funders – the Touradji Family Foundation, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, and the Heising-Simons Foundation – we’ve created a three-part investment approach for FUEL.
WE'RE FOCUSED ON
With these building blocks in place, we now have the strategic foundation for a highly effective, outcomes-oriented initiative that meets parents’ needs and fits their realities.
Learn more about the challenges of early childhood education and the science behind brain development.