Weekly COVID-19 Calls for EC Funders

As the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly surfaced urgent needs for young children, their families and laid bare the fragility and inequity of the systems that serve them, ECFC began hosting weekly calls for any interested funder and philanthropy advisors/organizations to share philanthropic responses to COVID-19, and consider together we could meet immediate and long-term needs of our communities.  With a mix of peer sharing and expert presentations, we considered:

  • How to support vulnerable families – both economically AND with mental health and prevention resources to nurture resilience during this difficult time;
  • How to keep child care providers and other critical family -serving institutions afloat to serve families now and in the future; and
  • How to partner with public agencies to ensure that families and providers are covered by and access the additional public resources being made available.

Our weekly call series concluded on November 12, 2020. See below for related archives.  


November 12th –  Impact of video and media on young children, co-hosted with Media Impact Funders, featuring the Georgetown University Early Learning Lab and the Youth Law Center

November 5th –  COVID-19 Risk In Child Care, a discussion with Walter Gilliam, Yale University, explored Yale University study findings  published in the journal Pediatrics, which found that exposure to child care was not associated with an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19 from children to adults.  All phases of this study were supported by private philanthropy including ECFC members: The Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund, Heising-Simons Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Foundation for Child Development, and the Early Educator Investment Collaborative. Watch the Recording

October 15th – Partnering with Policymakers and Community Members to Position Dual Language Learners for Success. Co-hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Philanthropy Advocates, and featuring the  Texas Early Childhood English Learner Initiative.

September 17, 2020 –  Early Learning Experiences of Young Children, Kindergarten Assessments & Pre-K funding trends, featuring the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

July 30, 2020 – Peer Call on cross-sector partnerships to coordinate between early learning and K-12 on school re-opening plans.

July 23, 2020 –Building Parent & Practitioner Power in Child Care, Co-sponsored by Raising Child Care Fund and Robins Foundation.

July 16, 2020 – The Pandemic’s Impact on Basic Needs: Food Insecurity and Disparities in Food Access.  Speaker: Geri Henchy, Director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs at the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).

June 25, 2020 – What’s Next for Child Care – Paths to Sustainable and Equitable Recovery. Speakers: Opportunities Exchange, National Children’s Facilities NetworkLocal Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and Local Income Investment Fund (LIIF)

May 28, 2020 Impact of the Pandemic on Families: Speakers: Rapid EC ProjectPower-PAC IllinoisNational Black Child Development Institute

May 14, 2020 –Innovations to Support Families. Speakers:- Rapid Response Home Visiting, Parents as Teachers, Abriendo Puertos/Opening Doors, and the National Family Support Center 

May 1, 2020 –The Pandemic’s Disproportionate Impact on Immigrant Children and Families: What Philanthropists and Advocates Can Do.  Speakers: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP);  Latino Policy ForumCenter for New American Children, Children atRisk (Texas); and Irving Harris Foundation.   Co-hosted with the Alliance for Early Success.

April 16, 2020 –Emergency Funds and the ECE Sector: What Are We Learning, Co-Hosted by Grantmakers for Education