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Building Power in the Midst of a National Crisis

The pandemic exposed to the nation what early childhood stakeholders already knew: child care sits at the nexus of  racial, gender, and economic injustice.   The Raising Child Care Fund (RCCF), a project of the Early Childhood Funders collaborative (ECFC), […]


Start with Equity: 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education

Grave inequities have long pervaded the education system and affect the lives of millions of children from historically marginalized communities.  These inequities begin before birth and follow children into the early care and education (ECE) system, one of the first […]


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 […]

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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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 […]


Funding Our Future: Generating State and Local Tax Revenue for Quality Early Care and Education

Thanks to the work of early childhood leaders across the country, support for early care and education is on the rise. But funding gaps pose a significant challenge to making quality early care and education a reality for more children. […]

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Best Start: Nurturing Early Childhood Development and Family Well-Being

Early Childhood and Health Foundations Visit Innovation Programs as part of the 2019 Grantmakers in Health Conference   Where can you see one of the most comprehensive and innovative approaches to child development in the nation?  King County, Washington.  That’s […]


Reflections on ECFC’s Deep Dive into the DC Early Learning System

In March 2019, ECFC’s Spring Member Meeting took us on an early learning system deep dive using the District of Columbia’s universal pre-K3 experience and pre-K4 expansion over the past decade as a case study, and exploring the lessons and […]

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Early Childhood in the State of Hawai’i- Inspiring Focus on Cultural Equity, Inter-generational Change, System Change, and Most Underserved Children

A Reflection from the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative Hawai’i Study Tour by Isabelle Hau, Investment Partner, and Vinice Davis, Venture Partner, Omidyar Network   Thanks to the leadership of longstanding Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative (ECFC) member and host Al Castle, […]


Funder Collaboration to Engage Business Leaders in Early Learning

A conversation with ECFC members: Michelle M. Figlar, The Heinz Endowments; Kristen A. Burns, The Grable Foundation; and Jennifer Stavrakos, William Penn Foundation. Whether you define success for Pennsylvania as a stronger economy, reduced crime, successful students, or thriving communities, […]

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Early Childhood Policy Q&A – Barbara Reisman, Maher Charitable Foundation

What do you see as the most critical policy issues currently facing the early childhood field? Money, money and money. We need to expand, or at least maintain, federal investment in early childhood education, care and health so that children […]

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