ECFC Fall 2019 Member Meeting

The ECFC fall member set a foundation for our exploration of racial equity in early childhood and specifically, early childhood philanthropy. ECFC’s Racial Equity Workgroup worked this spring to design a framework for ECFC’s racial equity work: learning, improving practices in our organizations, and exploring opportunities for collective action. This work was launched at the September meeting.  

Pre-Meeting, September 9, 2019

Strengthening Early Relationships and Social Emotional Health: Two Innovative Models

The ECFC Early Relational Health Committee hosted a pre-meeting session featuring two innovative models and approaches to supporting the infant and early childhood mental health and well-being of babies, infants, and toddlers by fostering and strengthening relationships between parents and other caregivers and very young children starting prenatally and through the first few years of life.  The presentations lifted up the role of philanthropy in launching these efforts and in leveraging public support, scale and sustainability.

Full Agenda

Model 1: Community-Based Doula Program Panel
Panel Slide Deck

Model 2: Cross-System Mental Health Consultation Panel
Panel Slide Deck

September 10-11 Member Meeting

The ECFC fall member meeting launched our exploration of racial equity in early childhood and specifically, early childhood philanthropy. ECFC’s Racial Equity Workgroup worked this spring to design a framework for ECFC’s racial equity work: learning, improving practices in our organizations, and exploring opportunities for collective action. Below are related handouts and readings from the meeting. Members login to view the slide deck and glossary of terms used in our meeting.

Suggested Reading 

  1. Toward a Structural Racism Framework, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, December 2006 
  2. Developing a Liberatory Consciousness,  Barbara J. Love, in Working for Social Justice: Visions and Strategies for Change
  3. The Fight for a True Democracy. This 43-minute podcast episode and transcript is the first in a series by the New York Times 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones. This article chronicles a history of policies enacted to profit from and disenfranchise black Americans, and the fight not only to claim black liberation, but also to make liberation possible for all Americans.
  4. The Case for Reparations. This article and 90-minute podcast is published by The Atlantic and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates details how virtually every American institution – public or private – has a history of extracting wealth and resources of the African-American community. 
  5. An Argument Between Racist and Anti-Racist Ideas. This 54-minute video includes a speech from author Ibram X. Kendi and is for anyone who cares to create equitable schools, spaces, organizations, and worlds. Dr. Kendi clearly names how race-neutral practices and policies create racist outcomes. 
 

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