We want to help healthcare and early childhood education professionals serving vulnerable populations to maximize their skills and abilities to make a difference.
Federal and state officials have increasingly made workforce development a priority. For example, in the field of early care and education, the U.S. Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Education have invested significant Race to the Top funds to provide training and technical assistance for early childhood professionals. In healthcare, residency programs are being transformed to help future physicians place a greater emphasis on meeting community-level needs. Programs that “train the trainers” have especially powerful downstream effects, influencing many lives for a relatively small investment.
The Nicholson Foundation fosters professional development by funding high-impact programs that provide training, coaching, and mentoring to enhance the skills and expertise of current and emerging health and early childhood professionals. Projects we fund prepare professionals to move from “pipeline to practice”—putting their knowledge to use on the front lines of service delivery.
Our work in this area includes: