ECFC Meeting

ECFC Fall 2019 Member Meeting

The ECFC fall member meeting will 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. We’ll be launching this work at our September meeting.  


New Pre-Session Added! Strengthening Early Relationships and Social Emotional Health: Two Innovative Models
Mon Sept 9th, 2pm – 5pm CT

ECFC’s Early Relational Health Committee is bringing together funders, research and practice experts to look at the community-based doula model and cross-sector mental health consultation. You will hear from ECFC colleagues from Illinois, Washington State, and New Jersey discussing how they are building out these models in their states. Speaker details forthcoming. Register for the pre-session and the member meeting using the link below. If you have already registered for the member meeting, use the link below to add this session to your registration, or email to rsvp.


The Blackstone Hotel
636 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Main hotel number:  312.447.0955


The meeting agenda is still in process; however, the agenda framework is as follows.  Exact times are subject to change.

Monday, September 9, 2019

  • Pre-Session: Strengthening Early Relationships and Social Emotional Health, 2pm – 5pm CT
  • Member meeting begins with evening reception/dining event, approx 5:30pm CT

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

  • Full day of programming, approx. 9am  – 5pm CT*
  • Evening Dine-Arounds

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

  • Full day of programming, beginning approx. 9am CT*, ending by 4pm CT

*Breakfast and lunch included on Tuesday and Wednesday


A dedicated block of rooms is available for ECFC Fall meeting attendees at The Blackstone at a discounted rate of $279.00 plus 17.4% tax/night.

 This group rate is available 09/07/2019 to 09/14/2019 (pending room availability).  Check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time is 12:00 pm. If you need to cancel your reservation, you have until 4:00 pm CST two days prior to your arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee.

To Make Your Reservation:

  • The deadline to receive ECFC’s group rate is Thursday, August 15, 2019.
  •  ECFC members, log in to the website for the Hotel reservation link.


ECFC Members log in to register, access the hotel reservation link and download a full logistics overview.  All others, please contact ECFC regarding attendance policies.