Equity-Focused Policy Research
Deadline: July 25, 2019


Early care and education (ECE) can be a critical component of a child’s first few years. It can support a child’s development while also reducing poverty; yet, many families are unable to access quality ECE due to lack of services where they live or an inability to afford the services.

RWJF is funding research to build evidence on the barriers faced by low-income families with young children when it comes to accessing ECE.   

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families. We define ECE as formal and informal nonparental care for children birth to age 5. Families have access to ECE when they are able to find affordable ECE that supports their child’s development and meets the families’ needs.

10 awards will be awarded ranging from $50,000 to $500,000