Our Mission

To promote early childhood education through a range of initiatives that directly impact children 0-3 years of age and the hardworking educators that work with them.


There is a Shortage of Care for Children under the Age of Three

Only 19% of New York City children who need care outside their home can be accommodated in accredited child care centers and family child care homes. Parents struggle daily to provide reliable quality care options.

There is a Great Disparity in the Quality of Care Offered

Characteristics of high-quality child care include:

  • a low student-to-teacher ratio

  • an engaging curriculum

  • well-educated teachers who receive ongoing professional development and appropriate compensation for their work

Even for those centers with effective caregivers a lack of resources can significantly impede the success of the program, which ultimately affects the children attending.

There is a Lack of Funding

Often centers in the areas with most need are those that have the greatest challenge securing funds. It is challenging to attract and retain quality educators and to offer facilities and supplies children need. Organizations such as HMESF play a pivotal role in ensuring all children have the building blocks for a successful future, both academically and socially.

We believe all children can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Hope

To make early childhood education a reality for all children around the globe.


Our Vision

Funding Centers: To fund and provide supplies to learning centers across the country.

Professional Development: HMESF provides professional development days at which the caregivers and educators from our centers can learn from thought leaders and top practitioners in early childhood education.

Book-Per-Child Program: One of our longest standing initiatives, we give each child who attends one of our centers a book to take home at the end of the year. For many children, this is one of their first books.

Helene Marks Teacher Award: Honoring top educators, including giving a cash prize through our Teacher of the Year award.

Advocacy and Education: Through our growing network of volunteers and regular events, we raise awareness for the need for early childhood education and encourage people to become involved in their community.

We Need Your Support Today!