CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

    
Photo 1: Commissioner Beth Bye, CT Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and Carol O'Donnell, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (CTECFC); Photo 2: CTEFC meets with the Office of Early Childhood on October 7, 2019; Photo 3: Commissioner Beth Bye and Maggie Adair, OEC director of government and community relations  

  
Photo 4: The CT 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 4: 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; and Beth Bye, Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood.


The CT 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 21 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

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

The Fund for Greater Hartford

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

The Grossman Family Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund

Liberty Bank Foundation

Melville Charitable Trust

McCall Kulak Family Foundation*

Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

Silverbird Fund

Social Venture Partners Connecticut

United Way of Connecticut

United Way of Western Connecticut

Viking Global Foundation

*CT ECFC Supporting Partners

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:

Kimberley Russo
Executive Director
The Fund for
Greater Hartford

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.

Funders contributing a minimum of $7,500 per year are CT ECFC Members and authorized to render all decisions of the Collaborative including those related to grant awards, governance and the work plan and budget. Those providing financial support in lesser amounts with a minimum contribution of $1,000 are CT ECFC Supporting Partners entitled to attend annually two funder focused learning opportunities related to early care and education and receive all ECFC written materials

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

Resources

Pandemic Child Care Relief Justification Briefing and Fact Sheet

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization advancing policy solutions for low-income people, has developed a Justification Briefing and Fact Sheet with state-by-state estimates of public funds needed by the child care industry during the pandemic to sustain the viability of our providers.