Children Are Like Sponges – Early Development and Grants







You’ve probably heard “Children are like sponges.” According to Laura E. Berk, author of Exploring Lifespan Development, 3rd Edition, there is a surge in neuronal development between the ages of 2 and 6. During this age range, a child’s mind is like a sponge. If you’re a minority or woman who works in early childhood development, check out the grants available at You may find some Head Start grants that can be beneficial to you!

neuronal -Any of the impulse conducting cells that constitute the brain, spinal column, and nerves in vertebrates…

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start sponsors grants in multiple states for low-income children under the age of 3. And, according to the CDC: parents, health professionals, educators, and others play pivotal roles in the health and development of a child in the early years of his or her life. There are social, emotional and educational needs that must be met. Low-income children often-times are not able to attend pre-school.

Head Start and Early Head Start emphasizes the roles parents play in their children’s lives and engages parents in their children’s learning. Head Start also provides support to the parents by engaging them in their own educational and employment goals. So, if you’re a nonprofit with programs for low-income early childhood development and low-income employment services, take the first steps toward becoming like a Head Start agency. Grants are available at MWBEzone in all low income regions.  Here is a sample of these grant listings:

Grants to Hallandale Beach, Florida Public School Teachers to Improve Pre-K-12 Education

Deadline: 11/30/16

Grants to Broward County, Florida Teachers for Projects in STEM, Early Childhood Literacy, and Arts Education

Deadline: 11/30/16

Early Development

From the age of 2 to 6, a child’s mind is literally like a sponge soaking up all needed nutrients for proper development. At the same time, there is an understandable a growth in cognitive ability. According to the CDC, by age 3, children should show developments in social and emotional, language/communication, cognitive, and movement/physical areas. For example, a 3-year old should show a wide range of emotion; name most familiar things; work toys with buttons, levers and moving parts; and run easily.

What’s Going on in There?

If you’re more interested in learning about childhood development, check out the following book: What’s Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot. In the book, Eliot discusses what techniques are most effective at prompting cognitive development; how cognitive development differs based on gender; and how nutrition, stress, physical factors and social factors come together to make permanent marks on a child’s brain.


Remember if you are a for-profit to check out preschool early childhood grants at Non-profits should check out the preschool early childhood grants at for valuable grants for early childhood development. Find these grants by selecting “Children” in categories including your geographic focus and funding source.

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