ECFC: Policy Priorities for Young Children and Families

Early Childhood FundingAll of the priority policy issues that face us as a nation have children and families at their heart.

Restoring a thriving economy, reducing poverty and improving opportunity, creating living-wage jobs, accessing affordable health care, building a vibrant education system, reforming the immigration and criminal justice systems, and combating global warming to build a sustainable future – are all intricately related to the well-being of children and families. By bringing early childhood issues to the top of the domestic policy agenda, our country can fulfill the promise that every young child brings into the world and fulfill our promise as a nation.

One of ECFC’s overarching goals is to promote federal, state, and local policies and practices that support young children, their families, and the early childhood community. Members have adopted an ongoing learning agenda focused on analysis of policy opportunities, the potential
impacts on children and families, and the roles philanthropy can play at the federal, state and local levels. Through regular briefings on federal programs and the activities of the national research, policy, and advocacy organizations that are at the center of public policy work, ECFCprovides members with a broader context for their grantmaking.

ECFC has a unique collective voice on policy issues shaped by years of investment in early childhood. Building on their individual philanthropic experience, members share a vision to support the healthy development of young children. ECFC members believe that all children deserve a level playing field of opportunities, with the most vulnerable benefiting from increased services and investments. Although private philanthropy and public-private partnerships can make a difference in the well-being of children and families, they can only augment public budgets that include adequate health and mental health care, education (including robust support for high quality early care and education), and economic policies that support children and families to thrive. Communicating this vision to policy makers and influencers and sharing lessons learned from their investments in early childhood is an important strategy for ECFC.

See ECFC’s Statement of Values Regarding Tax Policy, November 2017