December 13, 2019
Eastern Bank Gives $970K to 48 Massachusetts Nonprofits

September 19, 2019 — Eastern Bank last week announced it is granting $970,000 to 48 Massachusetts nonprofits focused on enriching early childhood development, including $500,000 to Boston Basics, a collaborative that aims to give children from every background a better start in life.

Eastern Bank said the grants are intended to ensure children and their families have more equitable access to the resources needed early in life for healthy development, while funding "a sector that receives a staggeringly small proportion of all philanthropy."

“Providing every child with an equal opportunity for a bright future is a basic right,” said Bob Rivers, chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “By supporting organizations that assist parents and caregivers and prepare children to be ready to learn and succeed, we are helping to create the foundation children need to thrive. On behalf of everyone at Eastern, we congratulate the grant recipients and thank them for their dedication to the children in our communities.”

The grant to Boston Basics will support its efforts to expand its reach in communities across Greater Boston.

The Basics, which began in Boston and is now in more than 30 cities, created a framework of five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that help all children grow by maximizing love and managing stress; talking, singing, and pointing; counting and comparing; exploring through movement and play; and reading and discussing stories.

Each of the following organizations will receive $10,000 to support efforts focused on achieving early learning quality standards, strengthening parent engagement, supporting professional development for educators, or upgrading early learning facilities and supplies:
  • Acre Family Child Care, Lowell
  • Arc of the South Shore, Weymouth
  • Beverly Children's Learning Center, Beverly
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston
  • Brockton Area Multi-Services - BAMSI, Brockton
  • Cape Cod Children's Museum, Mashpee
  • Cape Cod Children's Place, North Eastham
  • Children's Investment Fund, Boston
  • Children's Services of Roxbury, Roxbury
  • Children's Trust, Boston
  • Council of Social Concern, Woburn
  • The Dimock Center, Roxbury
  • Epiphany School, Dorchester
  • Families First Parenting Programs, Watertown
  • Family & Children's Service, Lynn
  • Family ACCESS of Newton, Newton
  • Family Nurturing Center, Dorchester
  • First Teacher, Roxbury
  • Greater Lowell Family YMCA, Lowell
  • Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury
  • Immigrant Family Services Institute, Roslindale
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción - IBA, Boston
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., Jamaica Plain
  • Jeremiah Program, Roxbury
  • Jewish Family & Children's Service, Waltham
  • JOI Child Care Center TPP, Lynn
  • Lowell Community Health Center, Lowell
  • Lynn Economic Opportunity, Lynn
  • Malden YMCA, Malden
  • May Institute, Randolph
  • Meeting Street - The Schwartz Center, Dartmouth
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando, Dorchester
  • Northeast Arc, Danvers
  • Nurtury, Boston
  • Old Colony YMCA - Brockton, Brockton
  • Parenting Journey, Somerville
  • Parkway Community YMCA, West Roxbury
  • Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown
  • Room to Grow, Boston
  • South Shore Community Action Council, Plymouth
  • St. Mary's Center for Women and Children, Dorchester
  • Triumph, Taunton
  • United South End Settlements, Boston
  • Urban College of Boston, Boston
  • West Suburban YMCA, Newton
  • YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston
  • YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, Lawrence
“Every dollar invested in early childhood can yield up to a $12 return, so Eastern’s commitment will make a significant impact through each of the organizations receiving a grant,” said Nancy Huntington Stager, president & CEO of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation.

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