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SDF Teams with Dr. Seuss Foundation

San Diego Foundation and Dr. Seuss Foundation are joining forces to give $1.15 million in grants to support 23 local nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing quality, affordable early childhood education, care and resources for families with young children, up to 5.

“When we invest in affordable quality early education, care, and resources, we’re investing in our region’s families and the local workforce,” said Mark Stuart, president & CEO of San Diego Foundation. “Through our grantmaking with the Dr. Seuss Foundation, we will have a larger collective impact on San Diego’s children and their families and build a more resilient region for years to come.”

The grant funding includes $650,000 from SDF and $500,000 from the Dr. Seuss Foundation.

Beginning in 2022, Dr. Seuss Foundation joined SDF in grantmaking for the Early Childhood Initiative, adding a funding emphasis on early literacy.

“The Dr. Seuss Foundation supports evidence-based programs which increase the number of children who enter school ready to learn and thrive, and who are proficient readers by the time they enter fourth grade,” said Jay Hill, executive director of the Dr. Seuss Foundation.

The 2023 Early Childhood Initiative Equitable Opportunities Grants support nonprofit organizations implementing strategic efforts to build the region’s resilience by increasing access to educational opportunities and supportive services for young children and their caretakers and families.

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La Jolla Music Society has been awarded a $40,000 California Arts Council Grant to support its Community Music Center (CMC), which provides free music instruction and instruments to underserved students.

This is part of the CAC’s Creative Youth Development program and will help to pay for instruments, music books, teaching artist salaries and program management.

La Jolla Music Society has operated the CMC, an award-winning afterschool music program, for more than 20 years. Based in Logan Heights at the Logan Memorial Educational Campus, the CMC is designed to increase students’ self-confidence and resilience, while providing a safe and equitable environment for studying and creating music by providing free instruments and free group lessons three days a week in seven different instrument families for students in grades 4–12.

“It’s an honor to receive this level of recognition and support from the California Arts Council,” said Allison Boles, director of Learning and Engagement. “The Community Music Center is one of La Jolla Music Society’s most important Learning and Engagement programs. Our partnership with the community has helped this program thrive for nearly 25 years, and support like this will allow our students to continue to flourish for many more.”

La Jolla Music Society was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards totaling more than $2.8 million across 48 grants supporting artists, culture bearers and cultural workers throughout the state of California.

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