The Heinz Endowments
The Heinz Endowments has current investments of more than $8.1 million in early childhood education grants and about $1 million in maternal and child health in Pennsylvania. These investments support communications, policy and advocacy efforts, as well as direct program grants for quality improvement efforts, professional development, strategic planning and development efforts, literacy programs and green and healthy facilities improvements. These commitments will continue in 2015. In addition to those investments, The Heinz Endowments expects to support the following new initiatives through an additional $9 million investment: implementation of the 10 recommendations of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Early Childhood Education; support for Pennsylvania’s Preschool Expansion Grant; new advocacy efforts to mobilize Pennsylvania citizens to support universal preschool by elevating the Pre-K for PA campaign; a challenge grant to corporations to support ECE efforts; support to build a stronger business collaborative in Pittsburgh; support of a campaign to raise an additional $1 million for early literacy efforts; implementation of new home visiting programs that will forge a new partnership with Pittsburgh’s Health Department and Department of Human Services; and new health and wellness initiatives in maternal and child health led by the Department of Health.