The McCall Kulak Family Foundation envisions a nation where all children have the chance to learn and grow into confident, resilient, self-reliant, happy and generous citizens.
The Foundation’s mission is to support the work of organizations and systems that promote the development of the whole child.
Values & Priorities
The McCall Kulak Family Foundation believes that even the very youngest members of society are contributing members. Childhood is a window of opportunity that must be nurtured with developmentally appropriate learning experiences that recognize and cultivate our children’s sophisticated and innate intellectual, social, physical and emotional abilities.
After decades of attempted reform, the school experience has left far too many children behind. Education must focus on optimizing human brain development and delivering an educational experience that realizes each child’s potential. It must evolve into a seamless system that begins at birth, delivers suitable content at every stage of development in an appropriate environment, and most importantly, takes the complexity of the whole child into consideration.
The Foundation understands that changing large-scale systems is extremely difficult and requires patience and collaboration. Working together, education advocates, foundations, researchers and policy makers must set an innovative course for our nation’s children that allows them to become the accomplished, productive, self-reliant, creative and motivated lifelong learners they were born to be.
This transformative discussion must consider every point along the system’s continuum. It must be informed by sound research; showcase effective alternative models; find collaborative partners, stakeholders and investors; and finally, trumpet a message of systemic change that recognizes that every child is unequivocally programmed to grow, learn and give back.