PCF’s Pasadena Child Health Foundation Awards $200,000 in Grants

Pasadena Child Health Foundation (PCHF), a fund of Pasadena Community Foundation, has awarded $200,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit organizations working to improve the health and well-being of Pasadena-area children.

This year, one of PCHF’s grants will support a unique partnership among Young & Healthy, Pasadena Office of the Young Child, and the Pasadena Public Health Department to advance trauma-informed care for children ages 0-5 in our city’s most vulnerable communities. The Office of the Young Child has created a network of Early Childhood Service Hubs by partnering with child-focused organizations across Pasadena. With this grant, Office of the Young Child will continue its work to activate that network to deliver a five-part series on parent education that will increase peer support, reduce social isolation of parents, and provide practical information on child development and community resources. Research has proven that the first five years of life are critical in child development, and that children’s early experiences have effects that can last a lifetime. Supporting parental well-being is one of the best ways to reduce the negative effects of trauma and toxic stress on children’s health and brain development.

PCHF believes that all children should be healthy and able to develop to their full potential, and provides funding to reduce disparities that adversely impact the health of children residing in the Pasadena Unified School District attendance area. PCHF invests in prevention and early intervention strategies and activities in three priority areas: Promoting Healthy Early Childhood Development; Strengthening Family and Community Connections; and Healthy Weight. PCHF has granted $7 million to local agencies since 1992; please see the complete list of grantees below.

PCHF was established in 1951 as a private foundation, two years before the founding of the Pasadena Community Foundation. For more than 60 years, these two foundations worked side by side in Pasadena to support local non-profits. In 2016, the PCHF Board voted to dissolve as a private foundation and continue its mission as a component fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation (PCF). PCHF’s assets of approximately $6.0 million (at the time of the gift) represent the largest single gift to the Pasadena Community Foundation in its history.

Pasadena Child Health Foundation 2019 Grantees:

ABILITY FIRST: $15,000 for the Lawrence L. Frank Center’s After School Program

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF PASADENA: $10,000 for the Triple Play Program

ELIZABETH HOUSE: $20,000 to support homeless, pregnant women and their children

FAMILIES FORWARD FAMILY LEARNING CENTER: $22,500 for the Healthy Parent and Child Program

FLINTRIDGE CENTER: $10,000 for the Youth of Promise mentoring program

FOOTHILL FAMILY: $22,500 for mental health services for children, youth, and families

GIRLS ON THE RUN LA COUNTY: $20,000 for program support in Pasadena

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PASADENA & SAN GABRIEL VALLEY: $22,500 to Expand Peer Education Initiatives for Pasadena Youth

ROSE BOWL AQUATICS: $20,000 to support the Water Safety/Learn-to-Swim Program for PUSD third-grade students

UNION STATION: $15,000 to support Family Homeless Services

YOUNG & HEALTHY: $22,500 to support Increasing Protective Factors for Families of Young Children