Zero to Eight

In our four program areas, we are exploring ways to increase our emphasis on early childhood.

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Child & Family Well-Being

For children, our focus is on expanding evidence-based and evidence-informed programs such as the Second Step program with Families First-NC and the Circle of Security program through the Lucy Daniels Center. 

Health Care

The Health Care program area identifies and prioritizes opportunities to improve health outcomes for children. A primary investment has been in oral health, while other initiatives have included statewide vision screening and maternal and infant health programs. 

Higher Education

As one of four schools supported by The Duke Endowment (along with Davidson College, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University), Duke University is playing a valuable consultative role in our Zero to Eight emphasis. Through its Center for Child and Family Policy, the University helped us create a list of shared outcomes to steer our grantmaking toward programs with the highest potential for impact.

Rural Church

Our primary focus in the early childhood space is in church-based outreach programs such as the Summer Literacy Initiative, which began in 2012. It reflects our support for projects that align with congregational interest in serving children’s literacy and hunger challenges.

Program-Based Zero to Eight Grants

For a full list of our 2020 grants, see the 2020 Annual Report Grantmaking Addendum. Some of these grants represent multi-year commitments.

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