Philanthropic giving for early care and education in the U.S.

This mapping project, developed in partnership with the Heising-Simons Foundation, provides both funders and practitioners alike with a birds eye view on where philanthropic funding for improving early childhood care and education has been concentrated during the last ten years, where there may be gaps, and who exactly has been at the funding table. This mapping project also took a deeper dive into the existing evidence around two trending topics in the field, family engagement and professional development. Working with researchers from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, this project summarized findings about the types of interventions and approaches that have led to positive outcomes for children.

We invite you to use this map to shape your funding and programmatic decisions and share it  and encourage you to share it with colleagues who could also benefit from it.  Learn more, search the map, and dive deeper in these topics below.  Powered by grants data reported to and gathered by Candid.


Are You on the Map?

Are you on the map?  Whether you are new to e-reporting or already participating, check out this easy  how to guide that walks you through the e-reporting process. Need help with using this map? Contact ECFC!

What Can I Learn?


Which grantees exist at the margins of my network and are potentially underfunded?

Where is funding for early childhood care and education concentrated geographically?

How does state-level funding compare to children’s math proficiency in early grades?

How does philanthropic funding compare relative to poverty levels in my state, county, city?


How much funding is focused on…

Capital &
Leadership &
Professional Development*
Policy & Early
Childhood Systems*

* Data reflects private foundation funding from 2006-2016

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Deep Dives on Special Topics

These findings are the result of a systematic review of evidence around two key areas of activity in the field of early childhood care and education. The review was led by a team from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina.

Professional Development Interventions and Outcomes

Family Engagement Interventions and Outcomes

Learn More About Our Research Methodology

To access additional research on this or other topics related to early childhood education we encourage you to check out the federally funded Child Care and Early Education Research Connections database as well as the What Works Clearinghouse on Early Childhood.

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