Membership Directory

Membership Directory

Member Directory

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William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
Patti Faustini, Director of the Executive Office
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Racial Equity
  • We help children exit poverty by providing educational opportunities and other support needed for lifelong success. We focus our investments in three areas – Early Learning, Wrap-Around Support, and Knowledge Building. Our initiatives are intended to improve the quality and availability of resources for children living in poverty, closing the persistent educational achievement gap that limits their possibilities.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To have the ability to network with our peers and to share collective resources.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Locally in Washington, D.C. as well as nationally in Florida, California, and Washington state.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • We support efforts to improve economic mobility for children and families in the United States who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Ballmer Group's national early childhood investments focus on stable family formation and improving early childhood outcomes.

  • Where we fund:

    Nationwide

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Racial Equity
  • We work to achieve our goal for all young children have access to high-quality, effective, and affordable preschool.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To leverage the power of collective voice with those with shared values.

  • Where our work is focused:

    State-wide across Washington and regional to Seattle, WA.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We want to develop research, field building, and advocacy.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close educational opportunity gaps associated with race, ethnicity and family income. The Foundation pursues its mission by promoting collaboration among researchers, educators, and other stakeholders via the funding of research and program evaluations that have the potential of informing private funders and public policy. The Foundation is particularly focused on the evaluation of programs that are feasible and sustainable (i.e., can work and be maintained in the real world of educational settings and systems), accessible (i.e., are available to and attainable by the families that need them), and strength-based (i.e., recognize not only the challenges that minoritized families and those with low economic resources face but also the strengths that develop within diverse cultural contexts that can be capitalized upon to promote strong academic outcomes).

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    Both in the programming provided (e.g., the excellent work being done concerning equity, education around policy issues) and in the connections with other funders working in this area, belonging to ECFC has important and positive impacts on what we do and how we do it.

  • Where our work is focused:

    State and National

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    1. What data and findings are needed to close the opportunity gaps associated with race and income? For other funders supporting research: what research are they doing in this area, and are there ways we can collaborate together or coordinate our efforts? For funders supporting practice and early educational settings: what data are they needing to inform their portfolios? 2. For other funders supporting research in general, engaging around methodological issues (e.g., best methods for evaluating programs, best methods for evaluating policies and systems). 3. How best to provide policy makers with important findings that can inform their work.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • We are committed to leveling the playing field for the youngest and most vulnerable children through quality experiences in the first five years. We focus our investments on practice, policy, and science to maximize the potential of children facing the greatest odds in life.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC offers the opportunity to learn with and from our funding peers. The connections formed through ECFC serve as a catalyst for collective work between funders and a way to have a greater impact on policies.

  • Where our work is focused:

    State-wide across Nebraska and nationally.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Early childhood workforce, Quality child care in all settings, Infants and toddlers – care and development, State and Federal policies impacting young, vulnerable children.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • Belief Statement:

    Commonwealth Children's Fund is a philanthropic initiative whose mission is to ensure the best possible start in life for Massachusetts’ youngest residents, ages 0-5, so that they may learn and thrive throughout their lives.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To learn practices in early childhood philanthropy alongside other members.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Across the state of Massachusetts.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Early childhood financing strategies and Early childhood advocacy.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation is a family foundation. We are guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Lucile and David, who helped found one of the world’s leading technology companies. We work on the issues our founders cared about most: Improving the lives of children; Enabling the creative pursuit of science; Advancing reproductive health; Conserving and restoring the earth’s natural systems.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC opens the door to new collegial relationships that advance my knowledge of the early learning field and sparks new thinking about early learning that informs my strategy implementation and grantmaking.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Local, state and national. Fresno, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, and other small towns and cities in California.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    • The glorious mess of strategy implementation
    • Connecting practice to advocacy and policy efforts

     

    Ask us about:

    Starting Smart and Strong, a 10-year place-based initiative designed to increase the quality of the interactions between adults and young people.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • No matter who we are, how we live, or what we believe, we all share a deep, instinctual need and capacity for human connection and belonging. It’s at the core of our shared humanity — and baked into our DNA. And yet, today as we navigate the realities of a global pandemic, economic crisis, and racial justice reckoning, we face a deeper challenge that lies at the heart of all others — a crisis of human connection. All around us, more and more Americans are living in isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and fear. And our economic, political, and social systems are making it worse — by pushing us further apart and eroding our faith in our institutions and each other. Today, we face a simple and inescapable truth: we cannot solve our nation’s most complex and urgent challenges unless we see, hear, and understand each other first. To help meet this moment, in September 2020, the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust announced a new mission, vision, and strategy as Einhorn Collaborative. As we begin this new chapter, we are more dedicated than ever to the belief that human connection is foundational to our individual and collective thriving. Visit the Einhorn Collaborative website for more about our new focus areas: Bonding, Bridging, and Building — three interdependent, mutually reinforcing strategies guiding our work. Across every generation, our ability to work together in common purpose has fueled our greatest achievements and safeguarded our progress in times of challenge and change. It is now time for all of us to lead this work today. It’s because of you that we feel more prepared and committed than ever to realize the power of human connection in our nation – and to work together to see our humanity in a new light.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    Belonging to ECFC connects us to other funders as well as other funder groups of which we are not a member but have overlap with our portfolio (e.g., Grantmakers in Health). ECFC is a helpful platform for learning from others, sharing the work of our grantee partners, and building support and collaboration for advancing mutual goals, particularly through the new ECFC workgroup focused on early relational health. The policy angle will become increasingly important to EFCT’s strategy in the coming years; being a member of ECFC gives us a streamlined way of monitoring and potentially influencing federal, state, and local policy.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Nationwide

     

    What we are working on:

    The central focus of our early childhood work is embedding measurement and practices in healthcare to support parents in establishing, maintaining, and repairing emotional connection with their children. To this end, we support the spread of tools developed and validated by the Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center. We also actively participate in the Pediatrics Supporting Parents funder collaborative to address barrier removal and systems changes that will help pave the way for greater spread of emotional connection measurement and practices.

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Influencing health policy nationally and locally to support early relational health. Training of health care providers in early relational health.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • Harnessing the power of research to ensure that all young children benefit from early learning experiences that affirm their individual, family, and community assets, fortify them against harmful consequences arising from economic instability and social exclusion and that strengthen their developmental potential.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC provides singular opportunities to share knowledge and strategies and learn from ECE colleagues. Members are thought partners and sounding boards as we work towards achieving systems change for young children.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Nationwide

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We would love to have a discussion about engaging more foundations to support applied and experimental research. It would be helpful to understand the resistance or barriers that prevent or discourage foundations from supporting and investing in ECE research.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • Established in 1967, GAR Foundation was born of the philanthropic desire of the Roush family to support the needs of those in the Greater Akron area community. Every child gets a great start in life and benefits from the best education, preparing for lifelong success, meaningful employment, and career advancement. Companies grow in our talent-rich environment, creating an abundance of career opportunities. Pathways to prosperity are equitable, readily accessible and easily navigated by everyone, especially those most in need. All residents and businesses feel connected to Greater Akron, are energized by its creative assets and aligned around broadly shared goals.

  • Where we fund:

    Local, Akron OH

     

    What we’re working on now:

    In June, 2017 the foundation narrowed its focus with the goal of deepening our community outcomes. By this we mean that with a portion of our funds, we seek to do fewer things better, to go deeper in a small number of high-priority areas. In conjunction with key partners, we focus on roots causes to seek long-term solutions at the intersections between these three systems:

     
    • Early Childhood Education
    • K-16 Education
    • Economic & Workforce Development
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.

    Over the years, program objectives and emphases have been modified to meet the changing opportunities and problems of our society, but the foundation’s basic goal of advancing human welfare remains constant.

  • Education is fundamental to success, and if Cleveland is to produce, attract and retain talent and be the thriving center of a robust regional economy, expectations about education must rise exponentially. Consequently, our Foundation’s focus is on the transformation of public education in Cleveland in order to equip children from early childhood onward with the skills they ultimately will need to meet the demands of college, the 21st-century workplace and international standards.

    Our primary area of interest is the creation and support of new, innovative, excellent schools in Cleveland that drive autonomy and accountability to the school level and create different teaching and learning conditions to ensure student success. We support statewide policy and advocacy efforts in furtherance of this work, particularly as it relates to the importance of high-quality teachers and principals in every classroom and school. We also maintain a desire to support disadvantaged students through key transitions, especially to higher education.

     

    Where we fund:

    Cleveland, OH and region

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • We are guided by our mission to help children and youth become independent, caring, contributing members of society by supporting programs critical to a child’s successful development.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We value the chance to connect with other foundation staff working on similar issues, and we are convinced that sharing our respective experiences will help us all to be better philanthropic partners in the communities where we work.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Across Southwestern Pennsylvania, with some state-wide grants.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Exploring lessons learned from universal pre-K implementation, and considering a nuanced approach to technology for young children, and the ways in which it can foster creativity and caring relationships with adults.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The mission of The Grossman Family Foundation is to help children who are at risk become independent, self-sufficient adults. While the mission states our ultimate goal, our grantmaking focuses on funding evidence based programs and community initiatives for children birth to eight and their families designed to put children on a path to future academic and life success.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    The foundation is a founding member of the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative. Our involvement in that collaborative demonstrated that there is power in the voice of a collective of funding partners and membership enabled us to become quickly acquainted with the early childhood landscape including early childhood advocates and state agencies.  We joined ECFC  to be part of a national group of funders to help us better understand the work of funders across the country, deepen our knowledge and exposure to the national early childhood landscape and at the same time hopefully contribute to the early childhood conversation.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Our work is focused primarily in the state of Connecticut, with a particular focus on communities in Fairfield County.

     

     

    What we want to work on with our peers: 

    • Outcome measurement for kindergarten readiness
    • Effective strategies for key transitions – i.e. pre-k to K-3
    • Communicating policy and practices both top/ down (from state agencies to local early childhood councils) and bottom /up (from community to state)
      

     

    What we’re working on now:

    • Cradle to career collective impact
    • Increasing awareness of developmental screening through ASQ
    • Social emotional learning
     

     

    Ask us about:

    The partnership between Child Development Infoline and the Norwalk community to increase awareness (through home visiting, early childhood educators and the public school) of the importance of developmental screening through the use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Heinz Endowment's Children, Youth, & Families Program is committed to the holistic development of children and youth; evidence-based family engagement; and deep relationships with the communities where children live, work and play.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC gives us a chance to share vital resources and network with our peers.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Locally in Pittsburg, PA.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Racial Equity
  • The goal of the Foundation’s grantmaking in education is to facilitate the creation and strengthening of early childhood systems necessary for children from low-income families and children of color to reach their full potential by the year 2044, the year when the US becomes majority-minority.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC is a valuable resource for the Education Program team at the Foundation. It's a great space to learn from, collaborate with, and connect to others in the philanthropic community.

  • Where our work is focused:

    National, California, and multi-state grants.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    2021 transition planning (federal policy); ECE Financing (beyond revenue - focused on the technical aspects of financing in states); and ECE state-level governance.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • At Imaginable Futures, nothing comes before learners. As a philanthropic investment firm, we are part impact investor and part foundation grantmaker. Our hybrid structure allows us to deploy flexible capital, enabling us to support for-profit entrepreneurs harnessing the power of markets as well as nonprofit and public and social sector changemakers innovating to produce scalable change. Together, we work together to build a brighter future. We recognize that there is no silver bullet in education and we therefore make different types and sizes of investments depending on the context. We are actively looking for opportunities that align with our focus areas, values, and the countries in which we work. We approach our work with a sense of urgency and action, in service to the millions of learners lacking the opportunity to thrive. The issues that we’re facing in education require a 360 degree approach that includes nonprofit and for-profit portfolio companies as well as partners that positively contribute to all parts of the education ecosystem that impact learners. We work to continually collaborate and bring together those who are the experts in their field and share our collective knowledge. And we work to raise awareness around our focus areas including raising our voices on issues impacting learners, commissioning research, motivating action on policy or developing and enacting new standards.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Racial Equity
  • We work to promote equity of outcomes for all children by enabling access to comprehensive, high-quality care in nurturing environments for pregnant women, very young children and families to ensure success in school and in life.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We joined ECFC because we believe that our collective voice and aligned approach is more powerful. ECFC has provided a peer learning and support group that has helped to strengthen our foundation's grantmaking and our ability to leverage our impact effectively. ECFC has also helped to elevate funders ability to influence the field as a whole, and public policies at the state and federal level.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide in Illinois and multi-state/regional initiatives in LA, NY, CT, MA, CA (SF and Oakland), FL, MN, D.C. and through BUILD, the Ounce, and the Alliance work.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We want to explore how to effectively leverage our resources to advance a common agenda and discuss multi-issue organizing and movement building.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Pritzker Children’s Initiative is a national strategy to dramatically increase the number of children who reach age three on track for kindergarten readiness. In our work we look to unlock public and private sources of capital for evidence-based programs; to increase the supply and reach of evidence-based interventions; and work to accelerate innovation and knowledge sharing.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We appreciate the exchange of ideas and strategies and the opportunity to coordinate our work.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Local to Chicago, IL; statewide across Illinois; nationwide.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We would like to further explore infant-toddler child care/home based child care and grassroots advocacy.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Racial Equity
  • The Kresge Foundation believes in supporting the healthy development of young children and preparing them for educational success through investments in five critical strategies. Through our Kresge Early Years for Success (KEYS): Detroit initiative, we are pursuing a strategy to reimagine the city's neighborhoods by putting the essential building blocks in place to realize this vision.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To learn together, strategically coordinate and align funding and resources, and facilitate timely responses to opportunities and needs so that we ensure quality early childhood development and education in the United States.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Local support in Detroit, MI, statewide in Michigan, and nationwide.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Children in the Child Welfare System
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    Helping Preschools and Child Care Centers Improve Quality of Education
  • Let's Grow Kids is a statewide movement to secure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025. To accomplish this mission Let's Grow Kids partners with early educators in communities throughout the state to increase high-quality child care capacity for families to access today; and, mobilizes Vermonters from all walks of life to call for policy change and increased investments in child care to secure a high-quality system forever. Let's Grow Kids envisions a Vermont - and a nation - in which all families have excellent and affordable child care choices in their communities that meet their needs.
  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We are thrilled to be a part of this impressive group of philanthropies doing innovative work and collaborating deeply to ensure a promising future for children, families, early childhood educators and communities throughout the country. In Vermont – where we are working to secure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families who need it by 2025 – it’s important that we continue to incorporate national best practices and evaluation into our movement. Collaborating with this group of experts is invaluable at advancing our statewide work.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Racial Equity
  • Our mission is to improve vulnerable children's life chances by increasing their opportunities to access high quality early childhood education in New Jersey.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We joined ECFC to augment the impact of our investments by coordinating/partnering with others, to learn about new and effective strategies for achieving our goals, and to affect federal and state policy.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide across New Jersey

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We're interested in exploring advocacy for improved financing and funding, professional development systems that include increases in compensation, and creating a seamless system from birth through age 8 and avoiding creating conflicts between advocates for Birth to 3 and PreK expansion.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Our mission is to support high quality early care and education programs for all of San Francisco's young, low-income children and their families.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    It is important to the Fund as a local philanthropic organization to stay in touch with what is happening regionally and nationally. The peer networking and support we receive as ECFC members is vital to our work as leaders of our Foundation.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Citywide in San Francisco and internationally in Israel, funding early care and education programs for Arab, Bedouin, and Palestinian children and their families.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Workforce development and compensation parity models; advocacy for all issues relating to serving low-and-moderate income children and their families in local areas.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Home Visiting
  • The Nicholson Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. We seek to improve the quality of health, and early childhood service delivery systems. Through partnerships with policymakers, stakeholders, and service providers, we seek to achieve transformative, sustainable systems reform.

    The Nicholson Foundation was established by Marion G. and William B. Nicholson. It became active in 2002. The Foundation’s geographic focus reflects the Nicholsons’ special interest in New Jersey, where they lived for more than 60 years.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We joined ECFC to become more connected to the national work in early childhood to enhance our grant making in New Jersey.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide. New Jersey with a focus on vulnerable populations.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers: 

    • Comprehensive EC systems
    • Prenatal through age 8 alignment

     

    Ask us about:

    • Children in the child welfare system
    • Workforce development of pediatricians
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Racial Equity
  • Our mission in early childhood is to ensure that every Oregon child has access to quality early care and learning, at home or in out-of-home settings.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    The opportunities to build relationships around the country, and to learn from both peers and the speakers we bring in, are invaluable to us as ECFC members.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide across Oregon.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We would like to discuss regional early childhood systems as part of a state system as well as parenting education and support.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Two-Generation Strategies and Approaches
  • Launched in 2017 to promote the healthy social and emotional development of babies and toddlers, and to the early caregiving relationships that are foundational to this development. By advancing work in the field of early childhood mental health, we hope to build a more promising future for young children and their families.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Rauch Foundation is a Long Island–based family foundation that invests in ideas that spark and sustain systemic change. We focus on areas where we can have greatest impact and look for organizations that take an innovative approach to early childhood development and learning. We award grants for important research and programs creating demonstrable and lasting change in the lives of families and communities. We also support work that raises awareness of the critical public policy issues that enhance outcomes for young children.

    In all of our funding areas, we are interested in ideas that have the potential to create sustainable models for the Long Island region and beyond.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We joined ECFC to meet colleagues in the ECE space and to share learning and ideas.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Local, state, regional and national. Long Island and New York

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Examples of successful, scalable programs taking place around the country; examples of successful regions that, through cross-sector, collaborative planning and investment are improving communities for families and young children.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • McCormick's Education Program catalyzes efforts to help Illinois' most vulnerable children to succeed through school, college, careers and life by ensuring the best possible start, beginning at birth.

    While committed long-term to building a strong early childhood system in Illinois the Robert R. McCormick Foundation is also continuously adapting to changing political contexts, new leadership, and emerging opportunities to innovate.

    The Education Program’s developmental target is the first eight years of life. We aim to build upon state efforts to develop a more seamless, well-functioning and effective early childhood system. Our strategy focus of leaders, teachers and families also incorporates support for one of the strongest early childhood policy and advocacy networks in the nation.

  • What we're working on

    • Ensuring that Illinois' youngest residents arrive at kindergarten fully prepared to thrive in school.
    • Supporting all children to be on track in literacy and math by 3rd grade.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • We believe that all families deserve the opportunity to raise healthy kids from the start – no matter where they live, how much money they make, or where they are from. We strive to support families, educators, health care providers, and other caring adults as they create safe and healthy settings where kids can grow, learn, and succeed.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC provides a chance to (a) understand trends occurring in the field; (b) build relationships with different kinds of funders; and (c) provide insight on effective philanthropic practice.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Nationally, as well as in local communities in Alaska; Hudson, NY; Illinois; Indian country; Lodge Grass, MT; New Mexico; North Wilkesboro, NC; Palm Beach County, FL; Plymouth Ave. corridor in Minneapolis, MN; San Diego, CA; South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, CA; and multiple localities in the state of New Jersey, such as Camden, Newark, New Brunswick, and Vineland. 

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We'd like to explore advancing family supportive policies (including but not limited to child care), shifting narrative and catalyzing local, state, and national actions toward a shared value for all kids and their families (e.g. shifting from “my kid” to “our kid”). We are also developing a strategy around family engagement / parent leadership broadly, and would like to better understand what other funders are doing in this space and lessons from this work.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Two-Generation Strategies and Approaches
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    Elevating Quality of Teaching and Learning in EC Settings
  • Belief Statement:

    To lead transformational change in the greater Richmond community by listening, learning, and engaging through innovative philanthropy that inspires solutions to society's greatest challenges.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To collaborate with and learn from other early childhood funders towards a goal of fundamentally changing early childhood systems to be equitable and high-quality, and to allow all young children and their families the opportunity to thrive

  • Where our work is focused:

    The greater Richmond, VA region, with a willingness to fund statewide organizations whose work ultimately impacts Richmond

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Re-thinking early care & education policies from the ground up, so that it is universally accessible, affordable, and high-quality, with a well-compensated and sustainable workforce.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • We work to help Delaware become a global leader in educating each of its students to contribute and thrive. We are a Type I supporting organization of the Delaware Community Foundation. We are a charitable entity and not a private foundation; we accept local and national funding and leverage them to expand student impact. Rodel connects people, ideas, and resources to make those positive changes happen. We help donors and organizations—both public and private, as well as local and global—make informed decisions about how they can leverage philanthropic dollars for the greatest impact in our community. We work side by side with educators and community leaders to make things happen from concept to execution. We strive for lasting, systemic, change, so our work depends on partnerships with broad and diverse collaborators.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Delaware

  • Areas of Interest:
    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • Founded in the 19th century, the Foundation seeks to improve access of all children 3-5 to access high-quality early education in both the public and private realms. In addition, the Foundation supports children 0-3 as part of its emphasis on strengthening families with young children.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    I belong to learn from our peers and to seek funding collaborations that align with equal access and opportunity for children in a pluralistic, liberal-democratic society.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide in Hawaii.

     

    What we want to engage our peers around:

    Funding alternatives for early education; The best ways to create a high- quality pre-k to grade 3 connection.

    Additional Areas of Interest:

    Support for the historical recording and reporting of Hawaii's early education history over 200 years.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Children in the Child Welfare System
  • Since 1998, The Sisters of Charity Foundation has worked to improve the quality of early education and care for young children through focused attention on relevant policy and advocacy opportunities at the state and federal levels.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    Since joining ECFC over 20 years ago, we have developed relationships with national experts and used guidance from the ECFC, its consultants, and others to implement promising practices or evidence-based strategies in early childhood in Ohio.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Local to Stark County, Ohio (including Canton, Alliance and Massillon cities), as well as National efforts through ECFC and past grant-making.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We'd like to discuss how ECFC as a group can impact/influence the current administration and identify experts who can broaden our understanding of the current political climate.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, better known simply as the Durwood Foundation, has provided funding to early childhood education programs in the Kansas City area for 15 years. In 2004, the Durwood Foundation was established at the Community Foundation and has since made hundreds of grants, totaling more than $40 million in grants to date. The Community Foundation is proud to walk alongside the dedicated Durwood Foundation trustees as they form long-lasting relationships in the Kansas City community.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Kansas City area

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Elevating Quality of Teaching and Learning in EC Settings
  • Our vision is that all young children, particularly low-income children, will experience high-quality learning in early childhood that puts them on a trajectory for success in school and life. To this end, the Foundation makes grants to support high-quality teaching and learning in early childhood settings, through three distinct types of grants: We support exemplary early childhood providers by making grants to build the capacity of schools, childcare centers, and Head Start programs that directly serve children ages 0-5; We support the expansion and replication of proven professional development models that improve the skills, knowledge, and practice of early childhood teachers and/or leaders; and We support innovative strategies to improve quality of early childhood teaching. We consider proposals from early childhood providers, teacher and leader preparation programs, and professional development providers to develop, pilot, test, and refine innovative approaches to improve the knowledge, skills, and practices of early childhood educators. Download the foundation Synopsis of Early Childhood Priorities. for more details.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC offers an opportunity to interact with and learn from like-minded peers who have a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding the early childhood field.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Nationwide

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We would particularly like to learn about any promising initiatives – anywhere in the country – that are aligned with the Stranahan Foundation priorities related to elevating the quality of teaching and learning for young children, particularly those from low-income families.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The A.D. Henderson Foundation supports early learning for children ages birth to eight in the state of Vermont and Broward County, Florida. In Vermont, we also seek to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, primarily focusing on early education and adult to child mentoring. Our vision for early childhood is that is that every child ages 0-8 in the State of Vermont and Broward County Florida has high quality early learning opportunities and experiences so that all young children have the intellectual, social, and emotional foundations necessary to be successful.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:
    We wanted to join an affinity group of like minded peers who were taking a lead in enhancing the systems that support early care and education. We need to test and validate the good work we are already doing and incorporate the learning of what’s working well for our other partners around the country.
  • Where our work is focused:
    The A.D. Henderson Foundation operates in the State of Vermont and Broward County, Florida.

    What we want to work on with our peers:
    We’ve come to realize that best practices in early childhood development are well established—but what we don’t know how to do is pay for the high quality that young children need and deserve. We would like to work with our peers on approaches to advocacy and program development to create a critical mass of understanding and support for the importance of the early childhood years that will help us all be a success.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Racial Equity
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    Two-Generation Strategies and Approaches
  • Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of underserved children. We invest in the most promising programs narrowing developmental, achievement, and health gaps in New Jersey.

  • Where our work is focused:

    We work across the state of New Jersey.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home-Based Child Care
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    Elevating Quality of Teaching and Learning in EC Settings
  • Belief Statement:

    We seek to improve lives by advancing research and training in neuroscience, children’s health, medicine, and education.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To learn from and collaborate with other early childhood funders.

  • Where our work is focused:

    New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, and Maine.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Improving childhood mental health and child care for children from low-income families.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Ford Family Foundation was founded by Kenneth and Hallie Ford to give back to their rural, timber communities. Our mission is “Successful Citizens and Vital Rural Communities.” In the early childhood arena, we aim to complete this mission by focusing on and investing in young children’s health, quality early care and education, and strong families so that children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    We look forward to learning alongside our national peers. We joined the ECFC because we know we have more to learn and share about partnering effectively with: individuals caring for/educating young children, non-profits, philanthropic peers and the public sector on issues related to school readiness. We also believe that we have a unique perspective to share about working in rural communities.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Rural Oregon and Siskiyou County California

     

    What we want to work on with our peers: 

    Early childhood mental health; Alignment of early childhood sector professional development.

     

    Ask us about:

    Yoncalla Early Works (a P3 demo site), Rural Home Visiting Coordination, Rural Early Childhood Mental Health Certification and Endorsement, Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, Certified Lactation Educator training/scholarships

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Racial Equity
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    Two-Generation Strategies and Approaches
  • Belief Statement:

    The Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund supports programs that enhance individual and community potential.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    Over the years, as we have learned about brain development in the first three years and the protection that a strong attachment with a caregiver provides, we have focused our grantmaking in this area. Early childhood in general is an underfunded area, and we look forward to having colleagues who share our funding interest in ECFC. As a small Foundation, we hope to learn from those with greater resources.

  • Where our work is focused:

    We focus our grantmaking in Baltimore City.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We are hoping to increase interest in the underfunded area of early attachment. We hope that more foundations will begin to focus on the parent-infant relationship, which evidence shows is so important for healthy development and school readiness. We look forward to bringing the knowledge we have acquired in that area and learning from our colleagues.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • Trust for Learning is a funder collaborative that works with a variety of grantmakers to accelerate the supply of high-quality early education programs and build public demand for the best that the field has to offer—we call this Ideal Learning. The Trust invests in convening early learning providers, education leaders, and grantmakers to share ideas on how to scale and collectively advocate for the value of Ideal Learning. It supports the development of research and tools to improve practice, and funds place-based projects to expand access to quality programs. As a grantmaking collaborative, our funding model enables us to leverage resources and share ideas, rather than working in silos toward the same end. Our approach empowers funders to contribute resources in whatever way makes sense to them. Some fund alongside the Trust, while others pool their contributions and ask us to manage the funds on their behalf. Our partners each sit on our board of advisors, contributing both financial and intellectual capital. The exchange of ideas and the refinement of strategies are integral to our work and impact.
  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • The Valhalla Charitable Foundation supports organizations to measurably improve learning and life outcomes - helping people realize their full potential. Valhalla has four areas of focus: early childhood, K-12 education, medical research, and environmental innovation. Valhalla considers early childhood (from prenatal through age five) to be its primary area of focus, with a goal of dramatically improving rates of Kindergarten readiness and a particular focus on low-income children and children of color.
  • Our Reason for Joining ECFC:

    Valhalla values learning and collaboration. We have a lot to learn, and we will have more impact if we learn from others who are working and have been working in this field.
  • Where we fund:

    We fund nationally.

     

    What we are working on now:

    We have funded a few field-building initiatives, including Promise Venture Studio, the IMPACT initiative at the University of Oregon (focused on early childhood measurement), and NewSchools Venture Fund's early learning accelerator. We have a particular interest in early childhood measurement.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • Vanguard is one of the world's largest investment companies, offering a large selection of low-cost mutual funds, ETFs, advice, and related services. Vanguard's core values of integrity, focus, and stewardship are reflected every day in the way that we engage with our clients, our crew, and our communities in the United States and around the world. We view Community Stewardship as a natural extension of these values and Vanguard's core purpose.

  • Where we fund:

    We currently focus our efforts in the high-need communities closest to where our U.S. crew work and live (Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Charlotte), though we also advocate for change nationally and at the state levels.

     

    What we are working on now:

    Vanguard Strong Start for Kids provides funding and volunteer hours to give children the opportunity to grow, thrive, and learn, with a focus on improving kindergarten readiness for children growing up in poverty. The program is supported by our generous crew and corporate commitments.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The Foundation is dedicated to bringing about positive change in five major urban areas – Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area — with a commitment to providing the educational and developmental opportunities that support equitable outcomes and enable all children and young people to fulfill their potential. 

    The goal of the Foundation’s Early Childhood portfolio is to build an integrated early childhood system for children ages 0-8 and their families.  Within that larger systems goal, the foundation focuses its grantmaking on developing and supporting well-prepared educators, leaders, and other professionals who can nurture the whole child’s success in school and life, including policies and strategies that prepare and support educators, leaders, and other professionals who can foster family engagement as well as a child’s social/emotional development, health, and mental health.

  • Where we fund:

    Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area

     

    What we are working on now:

    The Foundation invests in professional development, policy and advocacy, systems design, innovative programs designed to inform systems change, research, and communication in order to help build high-quality integrated systems.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Racial Equity
  • Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    Peer networking and resource-sharing.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide across Michigan as well as nationally in Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans and internationally, in Mexico and Haiti.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
  • The mission of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is to achieve equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.

    By equity we mean the just and fair inclusion into a society in which everyone can exercise their individual agency and achieve justice, in order that everyone can reach their full potential. Equity work includes increasing awareness, deepening understanding, and taking actions, particularly at the institutional and structural levels.

    Equity in education refers to learning environments that hold high expectations for every child, from birth to adulthood, and provide whatever opportunities and resources are needed to help reach those goals. Equity in education also acknowledges and actively works against structural barriers that oppress people of color and people living in poverty.

    We believe these working definitions, although not definitive or thorough, are an important step in developing the lenses needed to be agents and partners in whatever equity work is needed and effective.

  • Where we fund:

    Connecticut

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
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    Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families
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    Racial Equity
  • We believe in early childhood education. The goal of the Foundation’s grantmaking is to prepare children from birth through age 8 for school and life. Our funding utilizes evidence, advocacy, and investment in order to ensure that the systems are in place for quality early childhood education.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    ECFC is a great venue for networking with colleagues, for peer learning and learning from experts/grantees working in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) space, and for developing strategies to leverage philanthropic resources to have an outsized impact on the ECE field.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Statewide across California, specifically the California Bay Area, including San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Francisco Counties, and Nationwide.

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    We would like to explore ECE systems research and equity in Early Childhood Education.

  • Areas of Interest:
    Early Care and Education
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    Early Childhood Health and Mental Health
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    Equity
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    Family Economics Success
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    Home Visiting
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    Parenting and Family Engagement
  • At the Winer Family Foundation, our vision is that all children born in the Carolinas have the same opportunity to thrive. We build capacity and align systems to ensure all families with children aged prenatal to five are healthy, educated and empowered.

  • Our reason for joining ECFC:

    To network with other early childhood funders to identify successful strategies we can use within our own organization and community.

  • Where our work is focused:

    Charlotte/Mecklenburg County/North Carolina

     

    What we want to work on with our peers:

    Systems change work focusing on a whole child approach.