Decades of brain research clearly demonstrates the importance of the first three years of a child’s life. During this critical time, the architecture of a baby’s brain is shaped, laying the foundation for a child’s future growth and development. To get off to the right start, all children need good health, strong families and positive early learning experiences.

Led by the Turrell Fund and The Nicholson Foundation, in collaboration with Zero to Three, Advocates for Children of New Jersey, and the Caucus Educational Corporation, Right From the Start NJ is dedicated to the belief that every child must have the opportunity for success right from the start.

Turrell Fund CEO, Curt Fields and The Nicholson Foundation Executive Director, Arturo Brito recently penned an article on NJ.com speaking about Right From The Start NJ and early childhood policy in New Jersey.

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The Turrell Fund was founded in 1935 by Herbert and Margaret Turrell. Its principal interest lies in support of organizations that help youth, with special emphasis on the needy youngster. The first priority area is direct services to children, as a youth development fund. Capital requests are considered, but are of secondary priority.

Our application process has recently undergone substantial changes. We encourage interested parties to review this web site before contacting the Fund or submitting an application. The Turrell Fund now requires grantseekers (prospective grantees and existing grantees alike) to submit their applications online.

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Programs for Parents is a not-for-profit organization which works to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. They support children, families and child care providers, in Essex County, through advocacy and action; offering education, referrals, sharing best practices and access to available financial resources.

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ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

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Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) works with local, state and federal leaders to identify and implement changes that will benefit New Jersey’s children.

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First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families.

Click here to learn more about First Children's Finance