In Israel, one out of three children is living below the poverty line. This means that there is a high probability of unfavorable social outcomes as a result of a lack of access to opportunities and services. The Foundation’s objective is to reach these children, in their formative years, when preventative strategies are the most powerful and have the highest probability of success.
Through a number of initiatives, and in coordination with cities and other municipalities in Israel, the Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation funds programs that build public awareness of the importance of early childhood development and of professional training for teachers, caregivers and others working with young children. One of the key components of the Foundation's program is to help municipalities build and strengthen their early childhood outreach efforts, which includes upskilling local service providers and ensuring that each city or municipality has a qualified early childhood specialist to manage city/municipality-wide programming.
Since it was founded, the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation supported 40,000 children through its funded programs. In this same period, 3,500 professional staff have received education and training, and 7,000 parents have been reached, strengthening public awareness of issues in child development. Nine cities in Israel appointed an early childhood specialist to oversee programming, and 20 early childhood centers have been or are being initiated, forming the backbone of a network that will spread across Israel.