Washington Area Women’s Foundation established the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative in 2008, as a multi-year, multi-million dollar collective funding effort to work on early childhood systems-change across six jurisdictions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In support of this mission, the Collaborative serves as a regional convener and grantmaker, supporting systemic approaches to improving the quality of early care and education in the Washington region.
Multi-State/regional: Washington, DC, Montgomery County, MD; Prince George's County, MD; Arlington County, VA; the City of Alexandria, VA; Fairfax County, VA.
Operated and staffed by the Washington Area Women's Foundation.
The Collaborative is supported and directed by corporate funders and local and national foundations.
As of December 2021, the ECEFC is a collaborative investment model with 11 current members, including The Women’s Foundation, that pool dollars and make collective grant decisions toward early education systems change in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. For the past few years, the ECEFC has focused on supporting the leadership and advancement of the largely women of color and immigrant women early education workforce.
The ECEFC is proud to invest $351,000 in the following organizations during 2022:
- DC Action
- DC Association for the Education of Young Children
- DC Family Child Care Association
- DC Fiscal Policy Institute
- Identity, Inc.
- Maryland State Family Child Care Association
- Multicultural Spanish Speaking Provider Association
- Nonprofit Montgomery and Montgomery Moving Forward
- Prince George’s Child Resource Center
- Northern Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children
- SPACEs In Action
Collectively, and with other partners, these organizations are working to ensure the voices of early educators are at decision-making tables related to the early education industry and workforce.