ECFC WorkSpace – Early Childhood Financing

ECFC WorkSpace

Early Childhood Financing Workgroup

This page is provided as a curated work space for the ECFC Early Childhood Financing Workgroup members and other funders interested in early childhoodhood financing issues. To learn more about workgroup activities and sign up to receive workgroup updates, contact 

Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education (2018)A Consensus report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

This report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families concludes that transforming the financing structure for early care and education to meet the needs of all children and families will require greater coordination among financing mechanisms, as well as significant mobilization of financing and other resources across the public and private sectors. The report offers specific recommendations for making early childhood education and care more affordable for families, linking funding to high quality-standards, and financing the transformation of the education and care workforce.  (ECFC member funding partners for the report include: Alliance for Early Success, Buffet Early Childhood Fund, Foundation for Child Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation)

Pay for Success Early Childhood Education Toolkit – Scaling What Works (2017), Urban Institute

Pay for success (PFS) offers an alternative approach to investing in the future, including early childhood education (ECE). An innovative mechanism for public-private partnership, PFS scales an evidence-based social program through up-front capital provided by a private or philanthropic funder. If a rigorous evaluation shows that the program achieved agreed-upon outcomes, the government repays the funder. If not, the funder takes the loss. The Pay for Success Early Childhood Education Toolkit is designed to guide jurisdictions and their partners through the core elements of a PFS project in ECE.     

Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit Enhancing Financing for High-Quality Early Learning Programs (2013), The Ounce

This toolkit is designed to provide state advocates and policymakers with strategies, tools, resources and options to make policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs that benefit vulnerable young children and working families.