Engaging Members on Programming and Organizational Priorities

ECFC committees and workgroups engage members to design and implement ECFC programming, and to provide forums for members to engage each other in issues of shared interest.  Connect with staff contacts to learn more about participating in these committees and workgroups, and to explore other ways to engage with ECFC.

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.  Learn more about our Leadership.

Staff Contact: Shannon Rudisill 

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.

Staff Contacts: Shannon Rudisill and Chere Williams

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.
Staff Contact: Shannon Rudisill or equity@ecfunders.org
Learn more about ECFC's racial equity workgroup, and work to date.

EC Finance Workgroup

This workgroup sunsetted in March 2022 after several years of providing a forum for ECFC members to identify common themes for synergy across EC strategic financing strategies; showcase innovative strategies, models and research related to financing child- and parent-focused services and supports.

Staff Contacts: Shannon Rudisill and Rena Large

View Workgroup tools and archives.

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.).

Contact: Rena Large

View Workgroup resources and archives.

American Rescue Plan Workgroup

In 2021, this workgroup provided a forum for strategically align funder response to new federal funds for child care and early childhood systems coming to states, tribes, and localities, and explore philanthropy's role in making the  most of this opportunity.

Contact: Shannon Rudisill, or Rachel Schumacher, Early Childhood Policy Consultant & Advisor
Learn more about the ARP Workgroup framework for EC funders, and tips for state funders.

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