Mini Grants are offered twice a year to BAEYC members in the amount of $250. Deadlines for applications are Feb 28th and Nov 30th.
All proposals for mini-grants must demonstrate support of the BAEYC Statement of Purpose - to serve and act on the behalf of the needs and rights of young children by focusing on the provision of educational services and resources to adults who work with and for children from birth to age 8.
FALL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOV 30th.
Spring 2012 The winner of the Spring Mini Grant this year was Tonya Riveria, from Family Enrichment Network. Tonya created STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grab and go curriculum bins for their local after school programs while using the After School Plus Train the Trainer Science Curriculum. These grab and go kits include four activities (one from each area) and all the materials that are needed to complete the experiment with the children. Tonya was then also able to offer a training to site supervisors that gave them the tools they need as well as all instruction that is needed to use these bins with the children in the after school programs that they work with. These bins can be shared among sites as needed and all materials will be non-consumable so the activities can be done over and over again!
Fall 2012 Jennifer Cafferty, owner and operator of Oregan Hill Family Child Care, stressed the staggering evidence of obesity in our area and therefore made it a mission to educate families and children in her childcare so that prevention can affect this statistic in the future. Jennifer proposed to create an on-site garden to give children a better understanding of the benefits and overall better taste of fresh fruits and vegetables. "I hope the children will develop a love for a healthier lifestyle. There are many benefits to using an on-site garden and that is what I plan to create with the children."