Overdeck Family Foundation focuses exclusively on education, with an emphasis on five primary areas: early childhood, educators, schools, out-of-school STEM opportunities, and the use of data to improve policy and practice. Their mission is to provide all children with the opportunity to unlock their potential by enhancing education both in and out of school.

Since 2011, programs funded by the Foundation have reached 147,000 educators and 57 million children. Approximately one-third of their funding supports research, and the other two-thirds promote programs. In either case, Overdeck Family Foundation seeks evidence-based, real-world impact. They emphasize local needs and contexts, collaboration, and the inclusion of community voices.

The goals of Overdeck Family Foundation aligned well with EDC’s Games for Young Mathematicians family math intervention. From 2019 to 2022, Overdeck Family Foundation funded EDC’s work to provide high-quality, accessible, and sustainable early math resources to children, educators, and families in Worcester, Massachusetts. The project brought together Head Start teachers, librarians, and family advocates to improve the quality of early mathematics teaching and learning, eventually reaching over 2,000 children and their families.

EDC thanks Overdeck Family Foundation for partnering with us to make this important work possible.

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