From start to finish, 2017 has been an exhilarating year here at the Foundation. With great progress toward our 2020 Strategic Plan goals, powerful partnerships with many respected organizations, and the launch of new work that will further advance our mission, we’re reflecting positively on this past year and eager to hit the ground running in the new year.

Through this blog, we aim to make it easy for you to keep up with us and the issues that matter to children and families. …

Child care regulations go beyond a mere legal document — they set a state’s (or in this case, a District’s) baseline expectations for any center or home serving children. Last year, the District of Columbia became the first in the nation to require an associate’s degree for all lead teachers in child development centers, communicating the city’s commitment to developing the knowledge and skills of infant and toddler educators and enhancing learning environments for children. But a recent decision by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), covered in this article from the Washington Post (“Child-care workers in…

The Foundation has a long, rich history of serving children in poverty through the generous, multigenerational commitment of the Bainum family. As we approach 2018, which will mark our 50th year of operations, and as we make progress toward our 2020 strategic plan, launched in 2015, we believe it’s important to briefly pause and celebrate the key players who make our work possible — our staff.

Each employee makes a meaningful impact. And together, we make our mission a reality. But our mission is no small task. In order to achieve large-scale social change, we must be intentional about how…

Our founder Stewart Bainum firmly believed that every child deserves a quality education and an equal chance at success, and this belief is at the core of everything we do. And because of his upbringing and educational experience, Mr. Bainum had a particular passion — faith-based education and giving back to the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) community. To honor his legacy and connect these two commitments, the Foundation’s Seventh-day Adventist Initiative works to strengthen SDA schools and expand the availability of high-quality learning environments for infants, toddlers, children and youth. …

Building on our commitment to improve the lives of children and families living in poverty in the District of Columbia’s Wards 7 and 8, the Foundation today announced investments of $4.1 million to expand school-based mental health services in these wards. This work will help us meet our 2020 strategic goal of adding 2,000 wrap-around support seats in Wards 7 and 8 to increase students’ social-emotional well-being, while sharing knowledge and lessons learned with the mental health field. It also complements our existing investments in early learning and food access for these same neighborhoods.

Conducted in partnership with the Center…

Every two years, our team ventures offsite for a two-day staff retreat to pause from the urgent tasks on our to-do lists and reflect on our long-term organizational priorities — sustaining a healthy, connected culture, living out our core values in our work (both internally among our staff and externally alongside our partners) and ultimately furthering our mission and vision to better serve our community. On October 12 and 13, we did just that. And this year, we formalized our commitment to a highly important topic: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

When it comes to success in both school and life, research repeatedly stresses one critical window for children: their first 1,000 days of life. Supports children receive (or lack) during these first three years have lifelong implications for all future learning, behavior and health — and right from its title, this recent article from the Washington Post (“By age 3, inequality is clear”) further emphasizes the need to get these years right.

“The earliest years are the most promising for brain and skill development, yet it is when the U.S. …

Over the past year, our work in food and nutrition has evolved and expanded. We started by growing food at the Bainum Foundation Farm for underserved communities in the District of Columbia. Last week, at the tail end of our first growing season, we gathered 20 partners from food-related organizations at the Farm to share our work and to explore ways we can work together to strengthen the local food system.

The Trump Administration’s September 5 announcement regarding its decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or the DREAM Act) generated outrage and concern from politicians, business leaders, universities, immigrant rights advocates, nonprofits and foundations. The Bainum Family Foundation shares this concern.

The 800,000 young people in the DACA program were brought to the United States as children (the median age of arrival was 6) and have grown up as Americans. The very nature of DACA requires that they be law-abiding citizens and that they have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed…

A new online and mobile-friendly tool from the Bainum Family Foundation, the Food Learning Locator, is a one-stop resource for finding food-related community education and job training programs and organizations across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

With nearly 400 food education and training program sites displayed on an interactive map, community members as well as organizations and funders involved in food-related programs can find and take advantage of food learning and collaboration opportunities based on location and individual interests.

The Food Learning Locator is part of the Foundation’s Food Security Initiative, designed to help improve healthy-food access for low-income children…

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