The Reason ECFC Thrives

ECFC programming thrives thanks to the efforts of our members who lead and serve on standing and ad hoc committees and workgroups which support the Steering Committee and staff on implementing ECFC programming and priorities. Committee participation is open to staff of any ECFC member foundation.

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ECFC Committees

Steering Committee

Provides governance and leadership to ECFC on: implementation of its strategic plan, supporting and sustaining ECFC work; operational and planning support; and creating an environment supportive of member engagement. 

Membership Committee

Sets membership priorities to increase the diversity and strength of our membership; helps recruit, welcome and orient new members, and assists in implementation and refinement of membership guidelines.

Racial Equity Workgroup

Advises on ways ECFC can advance racial equity in early childhood services and early childhood philanthropy, a high priority area of our mission and vision; and helps shape and direct strategies to address racial equity through three approaches – Learning, Practice and Collaborative Action.

EC Finance Workgroup

Provides forums for member discussion on early childhood financing including exploration of mechanisms, costs and existing or future funding streams. Recognizing financing is multi-faceted, the Committee provides a structure for exploring intersections with multiple priorities for ECFC and members.

Early Relational Health Workgroup

Provides a forum for exploring early relational health intersections with ECFC and member early childhood interests, focused on parent/caregiver – child relationships from a relational/interaction frame in every setting where these relationships are present (home, early learning, health care, etc.). 

American Rescue Plan Workgroup

With new federal funds for child care and early childhood systems coming to states, tribes, and localities, there is an unprecedented opportunity to improve access to quality care and support the equitable use of public dollars for children, families, and early educators.  ECFC formed this workgroup in June 2021 to strategically align funder response and make the most of this opportunity. 

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Ad Hoc Committees

Formed to build knowledge and advance philanthropic work for specific, time-limited projects, events, or needs.

ECFC Program Committee

Provides guidance for programmatic and content priorities, weaving together themes across ECFC member meetings, committee work, and special projects to maintain coherent programming that meets the needs of members.

Member Meeting Committees

Provide guidance for bi-annual member meeting planning including theme, speaker and agenda development, and often facilitate sessions or take on other roles during meetings.

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