As the f irst eight years oflife are the most critical for human development, we have come to believe thatwhat matters most are the types of environments that we create for children. Itis our responsibility as a total community to create positive places for kidsto live, play and learn. In other words, the welfare of children dependsentirely on adultbehavior . Creating this environment can be asignificant investment, but the returns are substantial and powerful, thanks toresearch developed by Nobel laureate economist JamesHeckman . With these principles in mind, we are currently acceptingproposals for the Spring 2017 Early Childhood Grants , withapplications due on March 1 st . We are looking for effective programsin the Worcester area that will: Increase the quality and quantity of early education for low-income children. Provide a foundation for lifelong development rooted in behavioral and physical health. Support parents and families in their roles as teachers, caregivers, and supporters of their children’s development. Help eliminate summer learning loss among low-income children. Grants willbe awarded in amounts of $5,000-$25,000. See ourGrant Guidelines for details. Applications are submittedentirely online and must be received by March 1, 2017. Please contact ChrisO'Keeffe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-755-0980 with questions.