After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday. It seems like the giving should be before the consuming, but nonetheless, today’s the day we can make the most of our charitable donations because many great charities have matching gifts on Giving Tuesday.

Before you become consumed with the holiday season, please take a moment to donate to your favorite early childhood charities. We’ve listed a few of our favorite early childhood charities. You will notice a theme in our list: These charities all share the common thread of helping children overcome the most challenging social and emotion effects of living in the 21st century to set them up to be resilient citizens of the future. Join us in making donations to these amazing organizations  (0r your favorites) today (or any day!)

If you don’t know where to start giving, use Charity Navigator to find an organization that matches your priorities!

Bright Horizon’s Foundation for Families Bright Spaces

Bright Spaces are warm, safe, enriching spaces in homeless shelters and other agencies for children and youth to build caring relationships, heal from trauma through play, and experience the joy of childhood.

Committee for Children

Committee for Children believes that if you make a positive impact on enough kids through social-emotional learning, it can transform a community and beyond. We call it the Empathy Effect. The producers of the Second Step Curriculum, Committee for Children provides tools that help children thrive. CFC works with educators, parents, policymakers, and partner organizations to deliver research-based programs, advocate for public policies, and provide leadership in our field.

Devereux Center for Resilient Children

DCRC’s mission is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience, and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age, as well as to promote the resilience of the adults who care for them. We accomplish this by doing research and producing resources for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults.

Dimensions Educational Research Foundation

Through it’s many services including Dimensions Education Program, Exchange Press, and Nature Explore, the Research Foundation’s mission is to inspire joy and wonder in children, educators, and communities with a heart-centered approach to early education.

Life is Good Kids Foundation Playmakers

LIGKF Playmakers program provide retreats, tools, and on-going coaching to more than 10,000 childcare professionals (that they call Playmakers) working in schools, hospitals, and social service agencies across the US and Haiti.  The Playmakers program helps these professionals transform their care settings into optimal environments for kids to learn, heal, and thrive.