Our Funding Philosophy is Changing...

The Turrell Fund receives many compelling and important requests for funding in each of its two grant application cycles annually. We sincerely hope that applicants and past grantees will understand that limited resources prevent us from funding as many deserving requests as we receive. It is also the case that, for those requests we do fund, the grant amount is often well less than that requested. In recent years and going forward, we sometimes find it necessary to ‘skip’ a year, for grantees who have grown to expect funding on the anniversary of their most recent prior grant.

None of these measures should be construed as a comment on the value of the work you propose to us. On the contrary, we are simply redoubling our efforts to ensure that the Turrell Fund remains a force for good in the decades to come. In addition, and as we have written, a greater share of our grant funds are finding their way into policy and advocacy grant-making. The results of such investments are not immediate…but are necessary if we are to ‘change the game’ to favor all those who struggle earnestly on behalf of the young, and at risk.

Of course, any of us here will be happy to speak with any of you, at any time. Having clarified out funding outlook, we do encourage you to apply, if your work fits with the Vision and Mission of the fund.

Please accept our deep and ongoing appreciation and respect for the work you do, and the difference you are making.


No Room for Babies

While finding child care is a challenge for many working parents, a new study conducted by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) reveals a deep shortage of options for New Jersey’s very young children.

The study, which was funded by The Nicholson Foundation, found that less than a third of children under age 3 have access to child care to help them grow and develop.

Click here for a full copy of the report.

Out of Reach

Despite New Jersey’s implementation of a child care rating system that helps working parents find the best care for their young children, a new study by Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) shows that many child care centers in low-income communities would face enormous challenges meeting and sustaining these higher state standards that define quality, unless the state is able to provide the necessary resources.

“This report provides crucial recommendations for changing how New Jersey pays child care providers in order to support high-quality care for our youngest children – particularly those from low income families,” said Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation, which funded this study.

Click here for a full copy of the report.

One Million Neural Connections...

ZERO TO THREE published an article on baby brain development and the crucial role that parents and caregivers play in building a baby’s brain. A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three, producing more than a million neural connections each second.

To learn more about brain science and how to support a child’s healthy brain development, you can read the full article here.