Early Childhood Funder Collaborative
The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC) with the CT State Department of Education and the Office of Early Childhood presented a Symposium on Family and Community Engagement on December 13, 2017 at Gateway Community College in New Haven. More than 100 participants including members from the Commissioner's Roundtable, funders from the ECFC, early childhood leaders and practitioners, parents and community members to determine common definitions and shared language and values for better alignment of policies, resources, more effective parent engagement and ulitimately better outcomes for children. Photo 1: CT State Department of Education COO Charlene Russell-Tucker, and ECFC members Maria Sanchez of American Savings Foundation and Kim Russo of The Fund for Greater Hartford; Photo 2: ECFC Consultant Anne Henderson, and ECFC members Richard Sussman of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Toral Maher of Liberty Bank Foundation, Maria Sanchez of American Savings Foundation, Kim Russo of The Fund for Greater Hartford, Stephanie Miller of Trust for Learning, and R. David Addams of Graustein Memorial Fund, and ECFC Executive Director Carol O'Donnell.
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 14 funders from around the state who bring many years of experience in supporting and operating programs that serve the needs of children and families.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.