Partner Event

EC & ECFC Opportunities @ 2019 GFE Conference

Grantmakers for Education, 2019 Annual Conference – Supporting Students in Overcoming Adversity: Agency, Justice, Equity

October 22-24, 2019, New Orleans

Special Learning Opportunities On Wednesday, October 23rd:

Early Childhood Breakfast Exchange
7:45am – 9:00am

Join ECFC other grantmakers to engage in an exchange of ideas on early childhood topics of shared interest. Look for the Early Childhood table during the Grantmakers Exchange.

ECFC Learning Session: Lessons from Hawai’i: Cultural Equity Spurs Deeper Child Learning & Development
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Organized by ECFC & W. K. Kellogg Foundation, featuring Samuel N. and Mary L. Castle Foundation and Omidyar Network. Cultural equity is key to improving the education and health trajectories of young children and families. This session draws on lessons from Hawai’i funders and partners investing in innovative early childhood programs based in Native Hawaiian language and culture. This session will explore how strategies such as bilingual, bicultural and cultural immersion preschools, family-child interaction programs, and co-location of diverse education and health services improve education outcomes. Hawai’i’s Native language revival and focus on cultural equity is an internationally recognized model. Lessons from Hawai’i can be adapted for other cultural contexts. 

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ECFC Funders Reception – From research to the classroom: a peek inside culturally responsive practices in New Orleans 
6pm – 7:15pm 

New Orleans is a city not only known for its rich and vibrant history of innovation in music and the arts, but also for its history of confronting trauma, racial disparities, and cultural divides. This mix provides a proving ground for the powerful influence that culture can have on the lives of young children and families.  GFE conference attendees are invited to join the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation for guest remarks on the impact that culturally relevant practices can have on young children featuring guests from Navigate NOLA and Partners In Development (Honolulu) sharing exciting cultural practices being infused into early learning and education systems, and how these practices can be replicated anywhere with equity and culture as an entry point.

Related session materials: See Reception Event Page

Download the GFE 2019 EC-At-A-Glance summary for more information these and other early childhood related sessions:



These opportunities are open to registered GFE conference attendees.  Visit the GFE annual conference website for more information and to register.