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The SEED Fund is Now a Clinton Global Initiative

The SEED Fund is Now a Clinton Global Initiative

The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children is excited to announce that the SEED Fund, a collaborative effort between BTWIC and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, was created as a 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Commitment to Action.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,500 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $87.9 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the SEED Fund, an innovative funding strategy for early childhood education, to gain worldwide recognition and attract potential funders outside of Massachusetts in support of early childhood education. A description of the commitment is now posted on the CGI website.

About the SEED Fund
The SEED (Sustaining Early Education Development) Fund is a strategic investment that leverages advances in the science of brain development to drive innovation in early childhood programs. By improving the efficiency and quality of early childhood education systems in high-poverty communities, the Fund works to ensure academic success for young children (birth to age eight).

The SEED Fund impacts high-poverty communities that demonstrate the will to innovate by developing the coordination, efficiency, and reliability that make children’s academic success more certain. Four evidence-based components characterize the SEED approach:

Promoting Shared Services strategies for organizational effectiveness
Aligning early education programs with elementary education curricula and training
Strengthening the role of parents and families
Improving the work environment for the teachers who work with young children

Also inherent in the SEED approach is the tracking and analyzing of data to ensure outcomes and replicability. The SEED Fund’s intention is not to support routine programming indefinitely; it is to demonstrate data-driven approaches to improving the education of young children so that more sustainable, state-level solutions can be modeled after these “proofs of concept.”

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