80% of brain growth occurs within the first three years of life and many life-long disparities are set in motion during infancy. High-quality services for parents and early care and education programs can greatly mitigate these disparities.

We work to increase early brain development, family mental health, and economic security for parents with children ages 0-3, all of which help to lay a strong foundation in early childhood for positive outcomes later in life.
By June 2022, we will help nearly 4,000 children and families achieve key milestones such as increased parent knowledge, healthy child birthweight, and improved language development.

 

 

Early Childhood Grantees

Tipping Point believes in the importance of investing in both direct-service organizations with strong connections to the community, and in organizations that will advocate for policies with statewide impact such as: home visiting – a proven tool for supporting parents in their children’s early development – and supports for student parents, who can dramatically improve their future economic stability and children’s outcomes by increasing their education.

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Non-Profit Funding

What We Fund
  • We currently invite 1 to 2 new organizations per year to join our early childhood portfolio.
  • We fund direct service organizations that help low-income pregnant women, parents and caregivers, and their infants and toddlers.
  • We prioritize organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties, where there are the highest levels of poverty among young children and/or the least services.
  • We also prioritize organizations led by people of color, recognizing that Black, Latinx, AAPI, and inidigenous-led organizations have historically been underinvested in by philanthropy.
What We Don’t Fund
  • We don’t fund family resource centers without an intensive case management component, non-Early Head Start providers, or emergency services. 
  • We don’t fund organizations that provide primarily “light touch” services, such as events and workshops.  
  • We are also less likely to fund organizations in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties at this time.