Working to transform birth to early childhood systems in New Jersey.

The Burke Foundation invests in transformative early childhood initiatives to build a cycle of opportunity across generations.

We focus on the earliest years, because early investment lasts a lifetime.

Children raised in low-income families hear roughly 4 million fewer words than their more affluent peers by the time they turn 3 years old.

1 in 4 American children are not prepared for kindergarten.

Investing in early childhood has one of the highest societal returns, with a 13% return on investment
(for every dollar spent).

The Burke Foundation partners with non-profits to identify, rigorously evaluate, and help scale programs and policies that foster the healthy development of children and families in New Jersey.

We fund transformative early childhood initiatives in order to unlock the full potential of children and their communities.

Our Areas of Investment

Healthy Births and Strong Beginnings

Investing in prenatal and postnatal care to improve birth outcomes and set children up for success.

Healthy Parent-Child Relationships

Supporting programs that provide nurturing care and promote strong relationships between children and caregivers.

Early Care and Learning

Ensuring that families have access to high-quality early childhood care and education.

New Jersey Funders ACEs Collaborative

We are committed to preventing, protecting against, and healing from the effects of childhood adversity.

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