The Lincoln Community Foundation (LCF, www.lcf.org) announced that its recent annual giving campaign for Lincoln Littles raised $667,400 in community support of early care and education. Launched in 2019 and inspired by the Prosper Lincoln community agenda, LCF has raised nearly $4 million in support of Lincoln Littles programs, operations and initiatives – including tuition assistance for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to attend quality early care and education programs throughout the community.
Additionally, Lincoln Littles received a $300,000 Workforce Development Grant from the Nebraska Department of Labor, bringing this year’s total funding to $967,400. The grant program supports the recruitment and retention of teachers, including childcare and early childhood education providers. Lincoln Littles will use this grant funding to offer tuition assistance for those with young children who want to pursue or continue a career in early childcare.
In addition to increasing affordable childcare options for families, Lincoln Littles has expanded its work to focus on solutions to additional challenges: increasing quality in early care and education, educating and engaging businesses and the larger community, supporting workforce development in the childcare sector and influencing policies to be responsive to the needs of young children and their families.
The Lincoln Community Foundation, established in 1955, provides leadership and tools that connect donor generosity to local needs and passions. The Foundation serves as a faithful steward for many types of philanthropic gifts and helps donors create lasting legacies of giving. To learn more, visit www.lcf.org.