ECFC Spring 2022 Meeting Materials

Session handouts, bios and related reading by day and session.
View the Full May 4-6 Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 4th

Opening Session - Our Stories: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

In this opening session, we connected with long-time and new colleagues, reflected on where we’ve been (as individuals, as grantmakers, and as a collaborative) and how we are growing and changing.

SPACEs in Action (SIA), DC-based Raising Child Care Fund grantee, guided us through an engaging program on storytelling and lived experience. Together, we explored how active listening and storytelling can be used to personally connect to early childhood issues, and how SIA uses these tools to understand and amplify community needs and voice.

SPACEs in Action, DC
ECFC 30th birthday Reception (6pm-8pm)

2022 marks our thirtieth year as a collaborative of funders deeply committed to aligning ideas and resources on behalf of young children and their families!  Join us for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, networking, and reminiscing as we celebrate 30 years!

  • Welcome Remarks: Eric Buchanan, Buffett Early Childhood Fund & ECFC Steering Committee

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - Morning Sessions

Devil in the Details: Equitable Policy Implementation 

Part 1: Implementation Matters - State Implementation Examples
Part 2:  Public/Private Partnerships in Early Childhood – Opportunities and Intersections
  • Katie Hamm, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Office of Early Childhood, Administration for Children and Families, HHS
  • Katherine Neas, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education
  • Miranda Lynch-Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
  • Dr. Michael Warren, Associate Administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
Voices and Power Part 2: Equitable Approaches to Program & Portfolio Design

Introduction:  Ellen Roche, Trust for Learning & ECFC Racial Equity Workgroup Co-Chair

Equitable Approaches Pecha Kucha & Gallery Walk Examples:


Friday, May 5, 2022

Advancing our Practice: What Comes Next?
  • Building on the work we have done to advance equity, we will think about how to move forward as individuals, as funders, and as a collaborative. What more can we be doing to promote equity in our field and work?  ECFC’s past Steering Committee chair, Wendy Lewis Jackson, Managing Director for Detroit, at The Kresge Foundation, will be joined by special guest, Tonya Allen, President of the McKnight Foundation, to help us frame our thinking around equitable engagement and how philanthropy can shift power to communities.
Opportunities, Threats and Superpowers
  • Closing interactive exploration of how we (as funders and as a collaborative) can play a more active role in influencing equitable policy development and advancing racial equity in all aspects of our work.
  •  Introduction by: Sara Vecchiotti, Foundation for Child Development, ECFC Steering Committee Treasurer, and Chair of ECFC’s Strategic Planning Committee
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