Other initiatives

In addition to the summer residencies, the Nancy M. and Douglas M. Yeager Family Foundation has provided multiple grants to the Morton Arboretum near Wheaton, Illinois;  Wheaton Library; COA Youth and Family Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Community Foundation of Northern Colorado for a college scholarship at Colorado State University; and Loudonville High School in Loudonville, Ohio, for a graduating senior intending to study music in college.  New grants were awarded in 2016 and 2017 to: the Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee; Educare in West DuPage in West Chicago; and the Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaboration in DuPage County in Illinois.  The Foundation has also awarded occasional grants to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and to other selected programs focused on the developmental needs of young children.

In addition, the Foundation has a special initiative to distribute free copies of two children's books entitled Mommy Talk and Talk to Me, which focus on the tremendous importance of parents and other caregivers talking, talking, and talking to and with the young children under their care.  Go to the Mommy Talk and Talk to Me page for more information about how nonprofits, government agencies, pediatric clinics, pediatric hospitals, and individuals can easily obtain copies of this helpful and useful resource.

The common thread is always, first and foremost, support for programs contributing to positive early childhood development in the communities we serve.