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Foundation for Child Development


Last Updated: 2015-09-24

At A Glance

Foundation for Child Development

295 Madison Ave., 40th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10017-6304

Telephone: (212) 867-5777


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-03-31)

Assets: $104,965,894

Total giving: $3,494,533





Additional Contact Information

Program e-mail:


Incorporated as a voluntary agency in 1900 in NY and established as the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children in 1908; current name adopted in 1972, affirming a broader focus on children at risk - The association was publicly supported by voluntary contributions until 1944, when substantial funds were received from the estate of Milo Belding as a testament to his wife, Annie K. Belding, who had given many years of devoted service to the association. In its early years, the association's name reflected its actual activities, which centered on teaching crippled children, but it soon defined aid to these children and their families more broadly and often included material help. The association's work changed again when nursing in the home and school became the main focus. As these services became community supported and as the funds of the Belding estate became available, the association shifted its attention to the prevention of causes of handicapping. From the early 1950s until the early 1970s, most funds supported research into genetically based disorders and fetal abnormalities. Recognizing the nature of its evolving program, the association changed its name in 1972 to the Foundation for Child Development. Today, its principal interest is childhood poverty, with grants focused on child development research and other research concerning young children and their families, public policy affecting children and families, and in New York City, program development and programs that help to translate research knowledge into policies and practices that affect the daily lives of children and their families. The foundation is governed by a board of directors. The board meets three times a year to determine foundation policy and current program expenditures.

Purpose and Activities

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated and productive members of their communities. The foundation seeks to understand children, particularly the disadvantaged, and to promote their well-being. The foundation believes that families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government at all levels share complementary responsibilities in the critical task of raising new generations.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Changing Faces of Americas Children - Young Scholars Program

This program supports policy- and practice-relevant research on the development and learning needs of the nation's young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income. The foundation believes that early learning is a solid first step towards lifelong development and that promoting research in this area, conducted in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner, will help address the disparities in children's outcomes. This program encourages applications from scholars who are: 1) from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, (e.g. first-generation college graduates, and those from low-income communities); and 2) scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methods, given that mental, physical, health, social, economic, institutional, and community factors impact early learning and child development. Eligible researchers will have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., M.D.) within seven years of application submission, ten years for physician applicants.

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships to scholars with doctoral degrees for policy- and practice-relevant research on the development and learning needs of the nation's young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income.

PreK-3rd Education

PreK3rd is a national initiative to transform how children ages 3 to 8 learn in schools. The initiative focuses on building strong connections between learning experiences across these critical years. PreK-3rd approaches require that educational standards, curricula, assessment, instruction, and professional development are strongly aligned across high-quality PreK, Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades.

Fields of Interest

  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Philanthropy
  • Public policy
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-03-31

Assets: $104,965,894 (market value)

Expenditures: $5,999,689

Total giving: $3,494,533

Qualifying distributions: $5,166,967

Giving activities include:

$3,494,533 for 48 grants (high: $482,121; low: $500)

$803,214 for foundation-administered programs