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Medicaid Opportunities for Supporting Early Relational Health

The ECFC Early Relational Health (ERH)Workgroup explored opportunities for supporting early relational health through Medicaid and EPSDT with with Elisabeth Wright Burak, Senior Fellow, Center for Children and Families (CCF) Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, Health Policy Institute.  Among the […]


Prioritizing Early Childhood Educators for the COVID Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts gain momentum, ECFC and our early childhood partners are concerned with the prioritization of and access to the vaccine for early childhood educators/child care providers.   Among the early challenges we know EC/child care providers were […]

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2021 Child Care & Early Learning Recommendations

November 19, 2020 – ECFC signs on to recommendations urging the Administration to make child care and early learning a national priority The strength of our nation is tied to the strength of our nation’s child care and early learning programs. The health of […]


Building Back for Equity, Guidance to Inform 2021 EC Grantmaking

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated longstanding systemic and structural inequities in early childhood, particularly for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income families and providers. Through the remainder of 2020, the pandemic is anticipated to continue to disproportionately impact these communities. This […]


Partnering with Policymakers and Community Members to Position Dual Language Learners for Success

On October 15th, ECFC, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Philanthropy Advocates hosted a cutting-edge discussion for funders on how to make strategic investments and restructure biased policies that affect a third of the nation’s children from birth to […]

Strengthening the Teacher of Color Pipeline in Tribal communities

  November 6th Virtual Session Co-hosted by ECFC and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Place-based culturally responsive programming is vital to improving the education and health trajectories of young children and their families. In order to prepare our early learning […]

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Impact of Trauma on Early Relational Health

On  August 25, 2020, ECFC’s Early Relational Health and Racial Equity Workgroups hosted a join book club-style discussion on an episode of the “On Being with Krista Tippett” podcast. On this episode, therapist and trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem is working with […]

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Statement on Relief for Children, Families and Early Care and Learning

August 4, 2020 The Early Childhood Funders Collaborative is a network of 47 national, regional, and local foundations that invest to promote equity in the well-being of children and families. Because of the national crisis sparked by COVID-19, we add our voices […]


Standing with Black Children and Families

June 2, 2020 Once again, the often-ignored grip of racism has erupted in America.  Last week another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, was killed by a White police officer. It took nearly nine minutes to kill Mr. Floyd and he […]


Want to Support Your Community’s Equitable Recovery from COVID-19? Invest in Child Care

During the COVID-19 crisis, local philanthropy has an essential role to play in bolstering a pillar of their local economies: child care.   In this paper from The Bridgespan Group , co-authored by ECFC Executive Director, Shannon Rudisill, funders are encourage to support their community’s […]

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Acting Boldly in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examples from Grassroots Organizations Funded by the Raising Child Care Fund

By Rachel Schumacher,  Project Manager, Raising Child Care Fund April 22, 2020 (Updated May 5, 2020) Foundations are starting to understand the immediate and longer-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country, and the disproportionate pain being felt by […]

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Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

On March 9, 2020, ECFC joined nearly 60 other local, state, regional and national philanthropy serving organizations (PSO’s) in a joint statement urging Philanthropy to keep equity at the forefront of their response to the Coronavirus. Philanthropy is well positioned to […]

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