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Laid Off and Stressed: What Do I Do With My Two-Year-Old?


Tipping Point’s Early Childhood portfolio invests in organizations that provide literacy and parenting support to families with children ages 0-3. Under shelter-in-place, many of these low-income families have endured lost wages, lack of internet access, and overcrowded homes leading to an increase in parental stress. On top of securing the basic necessities needed to get by day-to-day, the kinds of questions parents ask under normal circumstances—things like “What do I do to keep my toddler busy and learning?” or “How do I make sure I’m paying enough attention to my youngest when my older kids are constantly telling me what they need?”—have taken on a whole new level of urgency.

By pairing low-income families who have young children with Early Learning Specialists for two years of home visits, Tipping Point grantee ParentChild+ has improved school readiness, early literacy, and social-emotional development for families all across the country since its founding in 1965. But before 2019, ParentChild+ had no presence in the Bay Area. Tipping Point has helped fund the expansion of the organization into the region over the past year, allowing it to ramp up to five Early Learning Specialists serving 68 families in East San Jose.

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