Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
- New York, NY
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Areas of Interest:
Early Care and Education|
Early Childhood Health and Mental Health|
Parenting and Family Engagement
Our mission is “Helping People Get Along Better.” In order to build cohesive and inclusive communities with diverse individuals who can work together across difference, individuals must be able to form positive relationships with others, starting with babies’ first relationships with parents. The quality of a baby’s first relationship is predictive of future relationships. When babies and parents experience emotional connection (a mutually positive nurturing relationship characterized by autonomic co-regulation), a baby develops self-worth and the ability to empathize, trust, deeply connect, and repair disconnection with others – the essential ingredients of healthy relationships. Healthcare has the reach and trust to support parents, but needs to recognize the parent-child relationship as the patient. Therefore, 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.
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:
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.