Early Childhood

The Jacksonville Children’s Endowment promotes services to at-risk children in Duval County, from birth through pre-Kindergarten years.  

2020 Programmatic Opportunities


The Early Childhood Field of Interest supports the growth of creative and efficient services to at-risk children from birth through pre-kindergarten in Duval County. This is done primarily by improving the quality and building the capacity of childcare workers and childcare centers as well as through parent engagement and education. Community studies have shown that because of the extraordinary levels of development which occur in children before age three, all young children are at-risk. This risk runs across all socioeconomic classes, races, and family units. While we consider all children to be at-risk, we give priority to applications serving children under three and those from underserved populations.

Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for one-year grants, up to $10,000, are required to submit a Pre-Application by January 13, 2020. If invited forward, organizations will then be asked to submit a Full Application by March 16, 2020.

Early Childhood Grant Application 2020 Timeline:

  • December 10, 2019: Pre-applications available online
  • January 13, 2020: Pre-applications due by 5PM  (Pre-applications are now closed)
  • January 17, 2020: Selected applicants invited forward for Full Grant Application
  • January 31, 2020: Full Grant Orientation (for those invited forward) from 3-4 p.m. at The Community Foundation office
  • March 16, 2020: Full Application due by 5PM
  • May 13, 2020:  Grant Awards Announced


Learn more about our Early Childhood work, including a list of recent grants in the early childhood area. For more information, contact Emmanuel Fortune, Program Director, or 904.356.4483.

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Emmanuel Fortune

Emmanuel Fortune, M.A.  
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