New Funding from the Hemera Foundation


The Hemera Foundation has awarded the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs with a multi-year grant as part of their work supporting children’s healthy development.

Hemera was founded in 2007 and focuses its grantmaking on contemplative views and practices and programs that support flourishing of very young children and adolescents. Much of Hemera’s work in early childhood has supported organizations that are implementing programs which directly connect with children, their families, and communities. Hemera values the insights of partners and they actively engage with experts to better understand the research, programmatic, policy, and funding environment surrounding early childhood development.

“The Hemera Foundation has long recognized the importance of the prenatal-to-3 period in child development and future learning and wellbeing,” said Dr. Cynthia Osborne, director of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center and associate dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. “We’re honored to have their support as we bridge what we now know about the science of the developing child and effective policy solutions.”

The Hemera Foundation’s generous grant will support the Policy Impact Center’s research convenings that engage experts to work on identifying research gaps, building the evidence base specifically about early child mental health, as well as general operations.

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The Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center was launched at The University of Texas at Austin in August 2019 with initial support from the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Foundation and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Additional funders now include the Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund and the Hemera Foundation.


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