Recent Grants

Grants Made in 2011

Alameda County Child Care Planning Council
$5,000 to develop and distribute the Council’s Statement on High Quality Early Childhood Education Principles and Standards and the companion Facilitator Guide to early childhood educators in Alameda County.
Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership
$15,000 to Community Works West for a second year of organizational development support for the Alameda County Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (ACCIPP), a new regional coalition with the goal of improving the lives of the children of incarcerated parents through increased awareness of their needs, improved services, and policy reforms.
Bay Area Coalition for Play
$10,000 to Blue Skies for Children as fiscal sponsor for the Bay Area Coalition for Play. The Play Coalitionpromotes local and national collaborations to restore play in children’s lives, encourages communities to provide safe and appropriate places for children and adults to play, and supports research-based education and specialized training on the importance of play as a foundation for learning and development across the lifespan, but especially in early childhood.
Bay Area Early Childhood Funders
$5,000 for staffing and resource support in 2012. The Bay Area Early Childhood Funders is an informal affiliation of Bay Area foundations, public funders, and private donors focused on improving grantmaking effectiveness in the early childhood field.
Cantare Con Vivo
$10,000 to Cantare Con Vivo for the Cantare Children’s Choirs of Oakland, which brings weekly choral music education to K-3 students, including children with special needs, in eleven elementary schools in the Oakland Unified School District.
Center for Ecoliteracy
$12,500 to support the participation of East Bay educators who serve low-income Pre-K to 3rd grade students in the Center for Ecoliteracy’s Engaged Ecology professional development seminars in 2011 and 2012. The seminars encourage educators to apply developmentally appropriate emotional, social, and ecological concepts and practices in their teaching. The seminar curriculum is based on the Center for Ecoliteracy’s new book, ECOLITERATE: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligences.
Center for Young Women’s Development
$15,000 to the Center for Young Women’s Development to bring Young Mothers United (YMU) Parenting Classes and Services to Oakland. YMU supports young mothers who are exiting juvenile hall, adult jail, or are working with Child Protective Services to regain custody of their children. YMU works to rebuild and reconnect families by creating a peer-based culturally appropriate environment where young mothers can learn about healthy parenting while receiving wrap around services for themselves and their children.
Child Care Law Center
$10,000 for the first year of a $30,000 three-year general support grant. The Child Care Law Center is the only organization in the country devoted exclusively to the complex legal and policy issues that affect the provision of child care. The Law Center advocates for low-income parents and child care providers who face barriers to obtaining and providing high quality child care.
Children’s Hospital Oakland
$5,000 to support the participation of East Bay early childhood educators who work with at risk families in the Irving B. Harris Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program at Children’s Hospital Oakland.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
$14,000 for Early Childhood Visual and Performing Arts Workshops for preschool age children in Richmond and San Pablo who have not had the opportunity to attend preschool. The workshops include parent participation and education about early development and the arts. The grant also provides funds to update the curriculum for a greater focus on children’s creative expression and play-based learning.
Education Through Music Bay Area
$10,000 to ETM-Bay Area to bring music education to all K-3 students in four elementary schools in Richmond that serve economically disadvantaged populations.
Foundation Center – San Francisco
$1,000 to the Foundation Center – San Francisco in annual general support for outreach to East Bay grassroots grantseekers.
Habitot Children’s Museum
$10,000 to Habitot Children’s Museum for Together Again, a family re-engagement program for formerly incarcerated mothers. Together Again offers monthly exclusive visits to Habitot for 80 mothers who have been recently released from the Santa Rita Women’s Facility to facilitate reconnection and bonding with their preschool age children through art and play.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay
$15,000 to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay (JFCS) to pilot a partnership with Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO) that pairs JFCS’s early childhood mental health specialists with CHO’s developmental specialists, who have expertise in speech, language, sensory integration and other developmental issues. The Child Development Collaboration, a cross-disciplinary service model, will develop comprehensive assessments and treatment plans for young children whose families are at risk and very low-income.
Luna Dance Institute
$7,500 to Luna Dance Institute for the Moving Parents and Children Together (MPACT) program. MPACT brings relationship-based parent-child dance classes to families living in residential drug or alcohol treatment centers, families living in domestic violence shelters, and incarcerated women who are reunifying with their young children. Luna dance teachers have training in child development and are able to embed parent education and support for parent-child relationships into the MPACT dance classes. Trio funds will increase the participation of families who are impacted by parental incarceration and will provide advanced training for several MPACT parents who live in residential treatment centers who are interested in teaching family dance classes to other residents.
Our Family Coalition
$10,000 to Our Families Coalition for a second year of funding for the Low-Income LGBTQ Parent Access Project, which provides peer support, parent leadership development, and community building activities designed to improve the capacity of low-income East Bay lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) parents to support their young children’s development.
Parent Voices
The Trio Foundation awarded the following grants to three East Bay chapters of Parent Voices, a statewide grassroots parent advocacy organization committed to making quality child care affordable and accessible to all families:

Parent Voices Oakland (BANANAS): $14,000
Parent Voices Southern Alameda County (4C’s of Alameda County): $9,000
Parent Voices Contra Costa (Contra Costa Child Care Council): $14,000

Safe Passages
$5,000 to Safe Passages for the Baby Learning Communities Collaborative Program, which is a partnership of public and community based organizations that are committed to providing support services that facilitate the healthy development of young children to at risk low-income families who live in high crime areas of Oakland. The Baby Learning Communities Collaborative is modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College and includes playgroups for parent and their infants, parent education workshops, and case management services.
World Arts West
$8,000 to pilot the World Arts West Children’s Cultural Ambassadors Program, an ethnic dance program for children in grades K-3, which will take place in Richmond under the direction of the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. The children and their teachers from two Richmond schools will participate in workshops that introduce them to ethnic dance forms that are taught by culturally diverse local dancers and musicians from their own community. The project will culminate in a family performance at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.