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$50,000 Grant for Children, Inc

Covington-based Children, Inc was one of ten organizations surprised recently by a $50,000 grant from the Andrew Jergens Foundation, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by awarding ten $50,000 grants to area nonprofits. According to the foundation, those receiving grants were chosen because of their longstanding and meaningful impact on the health, education, cultural experiences, and social welfare of children in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Children, Inc was joined in winning by the Central Clinic's Young Child Institute, Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Sickle Cell Anemia Program, Cincinnati Art Museum, The Children's Museum at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Every Child Succeeds, Lighthouse Youth Services, ProKids, and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati for programs that serve children.

Meanwhile, Children, Inc executive director Rick Hulefeld met recently with a leading expert in early childhood education. From the Children, Inc blog:


James Heckman, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, spoke to business, civic and education leaders in Louisville on October 24 about the importance of investing in quality early childhood programs.

In his presentation, Professor Heckman stressed that America needs to make smarter investments in quality early childhood programs in order to build an educated, productive workforce. Investment in the early years produces greater returns than spending on remediation, job training and social problems later. In fact, Heckman’s research suggests that early childhood investment produces an annual return to society of 7-10%. Quality programming builds children’s cognitive abilities as well as their social and emotional skills, the so-called character skills. He made it clear that families play essential roles in building character, but families are under tremendous stress today and that impacts their children’s development. Children in these situations are more vulnerable to failure and therefore need the benefits of quality early care and education.

Professor Heckman made it clear that public policy should support further investment in quality programming that produces measurable positive results in children’s development. Poor quality programs can do harm to children, he said.

Rick Hulefeld, Executive Director of Children, Inc., spoke with Professor Heckman after his presentation. Children, Inc. has been following his research for many years and is a leading provider of quality programming for infants, toddlers and school-age children.

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PHOTO: Rick Hulefeld (L) and James Heckman/Children, Inc