It all starts here.

No matter which issue you care about, it all begins with a healthy start in the early years.

Prenatal and early child development lay the groundwork for a lifetime of vitality and success.

Dollar for dollar, early childhood investments offer the greatest returns to society.

The Atlas Family Foundation believes in equal opportunity for all children to realize their promise.

We fund community-based programs that place individuals on a trajectory to health and success by serving the needs of young children and their families in Southern California.

Why it matters.

“Growing mountains of research suggest that the best way to address American economic inequality, poverty and crime is—you guessed it!—early education programs…” – Nicholas Kristof, [“Do We Invest in Preschools or Prisons”]

Regardless of the issue, interest or cause, research shows a profound connection to early childhood. And if we don’t place a deliberate focus on early childhood development, we will be limiting our ability to be successful in our society’s overarching goals.

Preschools or Prisons?

The school-to-prison pipeline starts in the earliest years of life. Children who are left out of quality early learning programs are 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime before their eighteenth birthday. LEARN MORE

New York City To Offer Free Preschool for All 3-Year-Olds

The plan expands Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature prekindergrten program slowly, starting in two districts next year.

To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

Adults can be taught to create an environment for success for their children.

Insufficient Pre-Schooling in LA County

Advancement Project calls for improved access, quality, and affordability of child care in Los Angeles

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