Collaborative

Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

 

The Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC) with Office of Early Childhood and Commission on Women, Children & Seniors presented a legislative forum on April 2, 2019, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Legislators, funders, and early childhood proponents learned about Ready Nation's recent study, Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis; listened to presentation by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and heard from an employer and parents on how the lack of childcare impacts businesses and families. Photo 1: L to R: Steven Hernandez, Executive Director, CT Commission on Women, Children & Seniors; Jeff Connor-Naylor, Associate Director, Ready Nation; Sue Murphy, Executive Director, Liberty Bank Foundation; Co-chair, CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative; and Beth Bye, Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood. Photo 2: L to R: Representative Robin E. Comey and Representative Robert Sanchez.


The Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (Collaborative) is a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) for which CCP serves as fiscal sponsor.

The Collaborative comprises 16 funders from around the state who bring many years of experience in supporting and operating programs that serve the needs of children and families.

Children’s Fund of Connecticut

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

The Fund for Greater Hartford

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

The Grossman Family Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Liberty Bank Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

Trust for Learning

United Way of Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Viking Global Foundation

Founded in 2011, the Collaborative worked toward the creation of an Office of Early Childhood (OEC) at the state level that merges state agencies serving young children and their families to better integrate systems and services. In 2013, the Office of Early Childhood was created via executive order, and in response, the mission of the Collaborative expanded and became more robust: To bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy to build and sustain a comprehensive early childhood system that works for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.

Mission

To bring the collective voice and resources of philanthropy to build and sustain a comprehensive early childhood system that works for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.

Vision

A comprehensive system that is effective, efficient and high-quality that leads to improved outcomes for all children, families, communities and the workforce in Connecticut.

Values

  • Alignment of infrastructure, state to local
  • Community engagement, citizen involvement
  • Cross-sector collaboration
  • Public/private partnership
  • Address equity issues, social and racial, growing gap between rich, not rich
  • Data-informed work and decision-making rooted in fact and in story
  • Diversity and needs of individual members of the collaborative

Co-chairs:

   

Executive Director:

Sue Murphy
Executive Director
Liberty Bank Foundation

Lisa Honigfeld
Vice President
Children's Fund of Connecticut

 

Carol O'Donnell
Executive Director
Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

We encourage funders to join our effort. The Collaborative is open to all funders with a minimum financial requirement to support activities advancing the Collaborative's mission.

For more information, contact Carol P. O’Donnell, Collaborative Executive Director, 203-927-5997.

Resources

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

When CCP was founded in 1969, our job was to evaluate nonprofits on behalf of our members to inform their grantmaking. Today, CCP promotes and supports effective philanthropy for the public good by educating and convening funders across Connecticut. For our 50th anniversary, we’re sharing the story of the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative to illustrate how our mission is made real.

2018 Legislative Session Update - OEC

The Connecticut State Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has provided a 2018 Legislative Session Update on how the OEC fared in the state budget, as well as important bills that were passed, including two agency bills.

Connecticut Early Childhood Trauma Training Needs Assessment

Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health (CT-AIMH) and their Early Childhood Trauma Collaborative partners are striving to increase the competency and capacity of the workforce serving infants and young children and their families to address the needs of children and families experiencing, or who have experienced trauma. In preparation for this work Lorentson Consulting was contracted to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment in line with the tenets of participatory evaluation. The report was made possible by the Early Childhood Funder Collaborative, a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.