Collaborative

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

American Savings Foundation

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

A Family Foundation

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

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

Linda Franciscovich
Executive Director
The Grossman Family Foundation

Sue Murphy
Executive Director
Liberty Bank Foundation

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

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.

Funder Collaborations — Flourish or Flounder?

From The Foundation Review's December 2017 article examines funder collaboration illustrated by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Education First's funding efforts to support the Common Core State Standards in the nation's K-12 public education system.