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 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.

American Savings Foundation
Children’s Fund of Connecticut
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Community Foundation of Greater New Britain
Connecticut Community Foundation
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

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.

Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System

Find early childhood resources by topic through the Early Childhood National Centers for Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA). T/TA promote excellence through high-quality, practical resources and approaches and they are designed to build early childhood program capacity and promote consistent practices across communities, states, Tribes, and territories. These Centers bring together the knowledge and skills from Head Start, child care, and health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Care for Kids in Connecticut: The Impact of Program Closure on Children, Parents, and Providers

A new report from Connecticut Voices for Children brings togather data analysis, provider perspectives, parent stries, and policy solutions to assess the role that Care 4 Kids plays in supporting families across the state and the effects of these budget cuts on the tens of thousands of families it serves. The Connecticut Early Childhood Funder Coillabotrative, a project of Connecicut Council for Philanthropy was a funding partner for this brief.