Education

Our Vision

We invest in research in early child development and strive to make it accessible to families and communities.

Explore the projects that are helping to further our mission

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2018 Simms/Mann Institute Think Tank

The Think Tank brings together cutting-edge early childhood learning, college faculty, and thought-leaders to explore and disseminate the latest thinking in the areas of infant/toddler development, early childhood education, and the training for those working with children ages 0-3.

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CuddleBright Experience

The CuddleBright Experience brings the science of early childhood directly to parents and caregivers, providing them with knowledge and tools to strengthen their bond with their child and help navigate the ups and downs of the first three years—and beyond.

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Whole Child Award

In 2015, the Simms/Mann Institute launched the Whole Child Award to honor leaders in 3 categories (Medicine, Community Education, and Visionary Leadership) focused on pursuing a whole child approach in caring for children and their families.

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The First 36 Project

The First 36 Project offers access to the latest research on neuroscience and brain research related to parenting—and the tools they need to share this knowledge with the families they serve.

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Simms/Mann Faculty Fellows

The Simms/Mann Institute Faculty Fellowship recognizes faculty in the field of 0-3 early childhood education whose professional experience, leadership ability, and interest in exploring and integrating research related to early childhood development will make significant contributions to the field and the broader community.

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Endowed Chairs

The Simms/Mann Endowed Chairs are renowned researchers in the field of neuroscience. Their pursuit of science-based breakthroughs to promote optimal outcomes for children is informing interventions and propelling the field forward.

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Education Initiative Videos

The Simms/Mann Institute is dedicated to disseminating the latest child development theories and neuroscience research through many different communication channels, which includes creating video content that is educational, engaging and easy to share.

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Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Simms Mann Family Foundation supports The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University as they catalyze local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. They design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders.

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Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

The Simms Mann Family Foundation has long supported cancer research at Yale. We are excited to now also support the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in its collaboration with the Willows Community School to deliver the Yale for Emotional Intelligence’s RULER program, an evidence-based pre-k through 12th grade approach to social and emotional learning to Southern California Schools.

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RAND

The Foundation supports RAND, a nonprofit organization focused on the issues that matter most such as health, education, national security, international affairs, law and business, the environment, and more.

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Fulfillment Fund

The Foundation supported the Fulfillment Fund, an organization that empowers students by making college a reality for those growing up in educationally and economically under-resourced communities.

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Friendship Connection Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation is a supporter of The Friendship Connection Foundation, Inc. and their work providing social opportunities and learning experiences for teens and young adults who are developmentally delayed or have learning disabilities.

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El Nido Family Centers

The Foundation supported El Nido Family Center’s Dr. Helen Wolff School-Based Child and Family Development Program.

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Westmark School (Landmark West School)

The Foundation was instrumental in the establishment of Westmark School, formally known as Landmark West School.

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JVS

The Foundation established the Simms/Mann Family Scholarship, which has provided a scholarship to three students every year since 2012.

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California Community College Scholarship Endowment

The Foundation’s support provides scholarships to students taking Early Childhood Education courses at Santa Barbara City College and College of the Canyons.

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AHA!

The Foundation supported expanding AHA!'s Peace Builders Initiative into three schools in the Santa Barbara area.

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Foundation for Santa Barbara City College

The Foundation supports the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College Campaign for Student Success and Running Start Angels Program.

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Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences – University of Washington

The Foundation supports the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences’ innovative research dedicated to discovering the fundamental principles of human learning.

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The Mann Family Early Childhood Center

The Foundation established The Mann Family Early Childhood Center located at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

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