Investors are critical to our mission to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

We remain profoundly grateful for the generous start-up funding provided by Harvard University and the significant investments that have been made by a range of foundations, funding consortia, and individual donors since the Center’s inception in 2006. We would especially like to express our deep appreciation for current funding support we are receiving from (listed alphabetically):

Major Investors $1M+ (Cumulative Giving)

  • The Alliance for Early Success
  • Bezos Family Foundation
  • Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Genentech
  • Hemera Foundation
  • The JPB Foundation
  • The LEGO Foundation
  • Omidyar Network
  • Palix Foundation
  • Pritzker Children’s Initiative

Current Supporters $500-999K (Cumulative Giving)

  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • Novak Djokovic Foundation

Current Supporters $250-499K (Cumulative Giving)

  • Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • Overdeck Family Foundation
  • Simms/Mann Family Foundation
  • Tikun Olam Foundation

Current Supporters $100-249K (Cumulative Giving)

  • Connee Counts
  • Joan Einbender
  • Lisa Foster & Alan Bersin
  • Nathaniel Foote
  • Marcia Hazan
  • St. David’s Foundation

Current Supporters $50-99K (Cumulative Giving)

  • Nordblom Family Foundation
  • Robert and Maya Tichio

Past Supporters $50K+ (Cumulative Giving – Click to View)

  • Anonymous
  • Atlas Family Foundation
  • Barr Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Casey Family Programs
  • Child Welfare Fund
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
  • Susan Fales-Hill
  • Florida State University
  • Garza Medina Family
  • GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Claudio Haddad
  • Harvard Global Health Institute
  • Winson Ho
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Lemann Foundation
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • McCormick Tribune Foundation
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Özyeğin Family
  • Blaise Pasztory
  • The Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Raikes Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • José Luiz Egydio Setúbal Family
  • The Skillman Foundation
  • Eva and Harry Wilson

Join Us: Seize This Opportunity

The Center’s mission represents an unprecedented opportunity for a new breed of investors who are not afraid to take risks in pursuit of game-changing innovation in the early childhood space. These investors understand that the risk of failure pales in comparison to the risk of not being bold enough to do whatever it takes to achieve breakthrough impacts. If you are interested in supporting our quest, please contact us now. We’ll be glad to show you how — together — we will leverage advances in 21st-century science to change the lives of millions of young children facing significant adversity.

Contact Gillian Najarian, our Managing Director, directly at (617) 496-1358 or

A Case Statement for the Center on the Developing ChildA Strategy to Achieve Breakthrough Outcomes for Children Facing Adversity (Executive Summary)

A Case Statement for the Center on the Developing Child

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Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., describes the mission of the Center on the Developing Child and its vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity.

For more: Read Investing in Early Childhood Innovation: Q&A with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy – University of Pennsylvania.

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This two-minute video features U.S. government, philanthropic, and education leaders speaking about the urgent need for science-based innovation to transform the lives of children and build a stronger society of healthy and capable adults.

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