September 2020 is the start of a school year unlike any other. As students and educators head back to class, grantees are finding innovative ways to adapt to this unique learning environment. This quarter, we highlight several CME Group Foundation grantee organizations who are effectively using technology to ensure students and teachers continue to grow, along with some free online resources to support early math learning at home.

CME Group Foundation is also pleased to announce our 2020 Commitment to supporting education initiatives across Chicago, including special efforts that focus on addressing the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CME Group Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in Grants to Further Support Education Initiatives Across Chicago

CME Group Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants to further support education initiatives across Chicago. This funding will help ensure that students continue to have access to quality educational resources, and that learning initiatives at every level remain impactful at a time when students and educators face unique challenges and uncertainty. The Foundation has also approved more than $300,000 in special grants to support those who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

For more information and a complete list of CME Group Foundation 2020 grantees, check out our press release.

Christopher House Adapts to Virtual Learning Environment

CME Group Foundation grantee Christopher House works to close opportunity gaps for thousands of Chicago’s low-income children and families with its innovative continuum of care approach. This includes personalized education; immersive family supports; individual, family, and crisis counseling; parent, child, and youth support groups; doula services for expectant mothers; parent programs; and more.

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Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Special Edition Issue Brief: Early Math

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) seeks to disrupt generational poverty by mobilizing communities to find solutions for one of the major obstacles in the pathway out of poverty — failure to read proficiently by the end of third grade.

In their recent Special Issue Brief, CGLR highlights CME Group Foundation’s Early Math Education Initiative, which has invested more than $10 million in underserved Illinois communities to aid math education from infancy through elementary school.

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Webinar: CME Group Foundation Executive Director Kassie Davis Discusses Early Math

CME Group Foundation Executive Director, Kassie Davis, recently participated in a US De- partment of Education webinar focused on STEM education. Kassie discussed early math initiatives and best practices.

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FIA: CME Group Foundation focuses on high-tech learning needs amid pandemic

The Futures Industry Association (FIA) recently highlighted the work of the CME Group Foundation to support education initiatives in 2020.

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Early Math Counts Arms Early Childhood Professionals with Free Virtual Math Literacy Resources

As many educators and parents look for resources to help with virtual or at-home learning, one CME Group Foundation grantee’s groundbreaking work is more relevant than ever.

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CME Group Foundation Supports Chicago-Area Computer Science Teachers with Scholarships to Virtual Conference

CME Group Foundation grantee Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) held their largest-ever conference to date in July. By shifting to a virtual format, they were able to provide access to more than 2,900 attendees.

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Free Early Math Learning Kit from DREME

Parents and educators looking for more free resources to support early math learning at home can check out this new early math learning kit from Stanford University’s Development and Research in Early Mathematics Education (DREME). The activities are fun, are easy to implement, require no special materials, and can be folded into daily life rather than feel like extra tasks. The CME Group Foundation is proud to support DREME’s efforts.

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