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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Supports Early Childhood Music, Science Education


WHITE PLAINS, NY, Nov. 6 - With grants exceeding $2.3 million, the Texaco Foundation today reaffirmed its strong commitment to early childhood music and science education, as well as innovative music projects that explore the traditions and heritage of diverse cultures. Grants were approved through the Foundation's three signature programs: Early Notes, Touch Science, and Musical Roots.

Early Notes: The Sound of Children Learning, seeks to expand music education in public schools in the early childhood years. Early Notes projects integrate music education into the early childhood classroom and curriculum, contributing to children's academic achievement and social and emotional growth. Five grants totaling over $1.3 million benefiting Early Notes were announced today including a global on-line music learning initiative to be developed in collaboration with Sesame Workshop.

The Texaco Foundation's science education initiative, Touch Science: Hands-on Learning for Kids and Communities, encourages active scientific learning. Grants fund education partnerships between science museums, nature preserves, and other institutions working in collaboration with schools to improve interdisciplinary science and environmental learning programs. The Touch Science grants announced today total $965,000, and will support three community-based science programs over three years.

A total of $80,000 to Musical Roots: Hearing Our Heritage projects will strengthen community-based non-profit organizations and bring music to multiple audiences. Musical Roots programs explore the traditions and heritage of diverse cultures in our communities.

In announcing the grants, Texaco Foundation President Anne T. Dowling said, "The Foundation is committed to music and science education that improves educational achievement and contributes to cultural awareness. These grants will support innovative science education collaborations and creative music projects that strengthen early childhood education and enrich communities across the country."

The Foundation also approved scholarship support for the company's ongoing employee program that recognizes children of Texaco domestic employees who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement.

Established in 1979 under the sponsorship of Texaco Inc., the Texaco Foundation supports non-profit, tax-exempt organizations both in the United States and the countries in which Texaco operates.


The Texaco Foundation Early Notes and Touch Science grants affirm Texaco's commitment to early childhood music and science education. Musical Roots grants support innovative music projects that explore the traditions and heritage of diverse cultures. A list of grants and brief project descriptions follow:

EARLY NOTES GRANTS ($1.32 million total):

Early Notes Music Learning Portal -
Sesame Workshop (New York, NY)
Grant: $900,000/2 years

The Sesame Workshop will develop and execute a special music learning portal at The Early Notes portal will offer an interactive music learning environment grounded in child development, music learning theory, and national learning standards. The learning center will serve children 2-7 years old, their teachers, parents, and caregivers. This online music learning area will provide interactive learning utilizing key music concepts, musical styles, and traditions. Simultaneously, the site will allow children to discover, through music, key skills that build academic readiness, and math and language literacy.

Armstrong Community Music School Early Childhood Music Education Program
Austin Lyric Opera (Austin, TX)
Grant: $140,000/2 years

The Austin Lyric Opera's Armstrong Community Music School will strengthen early childhood music and development classes for children from six weeks to six years old, through parent and child classes for babies and toddlers and music skill opportunities for older children. Early childhood music education will also include "Music Together," in which families can enjoy making music together through a series of mixed-age classes offering a developmentally appropriate music curriculum. In the second year, the project will expand to provide outreach services to childcare and pre-kindergarten centers that are part of Austin's Head Start network.

Mi Escuelita Early Notes Project
Mi Escuelita Preschool (Dallas, TX)
Grant: $120,000/3 years

Mi Escuelita Preschool provides daycare and pre-school services to low-income families with children considered to be "at-risk." The Mi Escuelita Early Notes Project will help children develop language skills through music. By training teachers and infusing the curriculum with musical activities, the initiative seeks to improve language acquisition and enhance children's overall development. By the third year, the music-infused curriculum and teacher training will be available to teachers and caregivers in 20 schools in Dallas's Educational First Steps network, part of the city's Head Start network of preschools serving disadvantaged students.

Start the Music
National Association for Music Education (MENC) (Reston, VA)
Grant: $80,000

MENC serves as the professional organization for music teachers nationwide, and has alliances with 24 industry and education associations. "Start the Music" will develop strategies for expanding young children's opportunities to take part in music education. The project will place special emphasis on enhancing teacher training for the vast number of children now in federal and state-supported daycare as a result of welfare reform.

Conservatory in the Schools
San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)
Grant: $75,000/3 years

In partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, "Conservatory in the Schools" will enhance children's overall academic achievement by providing consistent, high-quality music education at child development centers, pre-kindergarten, early childhood, and elementary schools in the Bay area. The project will provide intensive music education support in the general classroom, instrumental music instruction, and professional development for both classroom and music teachers in order to infuse music education into the schools' ongoing early childhood curriculum.

TOUCH SCIENCE GRANTS ($965,000 total):

Walk on the Wild Side: It's Our Nature
Louisiana Nature Conservancy (Baton Rouge, LA)
Grant: $500,000/3 years

"Walk on the Wild Side: It's Our Nature" is a science education initiative aimed at preparing Baton Rouge-area elementary students for the Louisiana Aptitude Assessment Program (LEAP), the statewide standardized test in literacy, math, and science. The program uses teacher training, LEAP-compliant curricula, performing arts, and a nature festival at the Cypress Island Preserve to inspire student and parental interest in natural science and conservation.

Mad Island Coastal Connect
The Nature Conservancy of Texas (San Antonio, TX)
Grant: $375,000/3 years

Foundation funding will support expansion of The Nature Conservancy's Mad Island education initiative to include pre-K - Grade 3 environmental science education. Students will participate in an interdisciplinary, hands-on, science-based program applying their math, science, culture, language, and art skills to their investigation on the preserve. The initiative will strengthen programs offered to independent school districts and other sites, and will link materials provided by The Nature Conservancy to in-classroom learning and hands-on field experience. The program will be correlated to the state-mandated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) test.

Children Caring for Colorado
Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation (Denver, CO)
Grant: $90,000/3 years

Foundation funding will support the "Children Caring for Colorado" project by increasing the natural science and literacy skills of at least 1,200 Colorado school children in Grades K-2. The project will emphasize hands-on science activities, develop the natural science teaching skills of 500-600 early childhood educators, and provide opportunities for family and community involvement in school-based natural science activities in 60 classrooms. The program will also develop children's stewardship skills as they work to improve local community environments.

MUSICAL ROOTS GRANTS ($80,000 total):

Folk Parks 2001/Community Cultural Initiatives
Center for Traditional Music and Dance (New York, NY)
Grant: $50,000

Foundation funding will support the production of "Folk Parks 2001" - an all-day festival of ethnic music and dance from around the world. This free, outdoor event unites a cross-section of New York-based ethnic performers, cultural activists and community organizations around a theme of intercultural celebration and appreciation. The festival, which is in its 26th year, features concerts, dance performances, and participatory workshops for both adults and children. Foundation funding will also assist with the Center's Community Cultural Initiatives in New York's Soviet, Jewish, Filipino, and Mexican communities.

Red Nation Celebration 2001
The Red Nation Celebration (Canoga Park, CA)
Grant: $30,000

Red Nation Celebration is a unique social, cultural, and entertainment event that combines music, cultural awareness, and improved self-esteem for indigenous people. Red Nation Celebration 2001 will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 18, 2001. It will present the best contemporary and traditional American Indian music and performance talent to new audiences, as well as provide positive role models for minority youth who have an interest in pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment.

Updated: November 2000