Thank you for considering a gift to The Center for Early Education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Advancement office.
The Annual Fund Drive (AFD)
As a crucial supplement to tuition, The Annual Fund provides for curricular materials, state-of-the-art technology, professional development for faculty and staff, supplemental programs and events, and financial aid for qualified students.

CEE has gratefully acknowledged 100 percent participation by our current parents in the AFD for the past several years. In addition, participation by grandparents, alumni,  and parents of alumni continues to grow. Donors to the AFD are recognized in The Center's Annual Report and in other publications, and AFD gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Please contact Shannon Larner, Director of Annual Fund and Constituent Relations, with any questions about the Annual Fund. She can be reached at 323-651-0707 ext. 139.

Matching Gifts
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please search the database below or contact the Advancement office.

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If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to The Center for Early Education may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

The CEE Gala
Each spring, CEE hosts a gala to raise funds for the school’s educational programs. Every year there is a different theme, and every year it is a hit! This beloved event is a favorite for many CEE parents, grandparents and alumni, who come to enjoy the company of other CEE community members and have a blast shopping, dining, and dancing into the night all the while doing something wonderful for the school!

The Leading from The Center Campaign
Over the years, our capital campaigns have raised funds for the construction of two new instructional buildings, underground parking, renovations to existing facilities, and the furnishings that created state-of-the-art science labs, art, and music studios and a 700-seat Community Center.

Donors to capital projects understand that exceptional teaching must take place with excellent tools, including classrooms that accommodate the latest technology as well as enough space to sprawl on the floor to read.

The Leading from the Center Campaign is designed to support The Center's $75 million Campus Enhancement Plan that was just completed in the spring of 2020. The new campus is made up of the physical and virtual spaces that foster the innovation and design thinking that modern education requires. To learn more about the Leading from The Center campaign, please contact Laura Maher, Director of Advancement.

The Endowment Fund
CEE established its endowment in 1994 and continues to encourage donors to consider making a gift for today AND tomorrow. When you make an endowment gift, you are stipulating that your gift will remain intact but that CEE may use all or a portion of the returns it generates through prudent investment. The Center's Board of Trustees takes your mandate very seriously and has set policies in place to put a portion of your gift returns to work for the school while reinvesting a portion to protect the future value of your gift.

CEE offers a number of endowment fund alternatives, including an Unrestricted Endowment Fund as well as named restricted endowment funds for donors considering gifts of six figures or more. Endowment donors are recognized in publications and on permanent campaign plaques as determined by the Trustees.

To find out more about CEE's endowment, contact Laura Maher.

Restricted Funds
Sometimes donors have a passion. It might be hard-working teachers, music or art, or helping a student in need. If a special interest enhances or extends CEE's curriculum, we are more than happy to work with you on a restricted gift. To learn more about restricted funds, contact the Advancement Office.

Planned Giving
Thanks to supporters like you, we can continue to focus on the quality education that we offer to students in a supportive, inclusive, respectful and diverse environment. You can show your support with a gift today and witness the benefits of your generosity, or you can arrange a gift for after your lifetime. For more information, visit The Center's planned giving site. Planned giving options offer you appealing tax and financial benefits and will make a difference to CEE students for generations to come. Please contact Laura Maher to learn more about gift planning.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.