CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

The CT Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (Collaborative) is a project of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP) for which CCP serves as fiscal sponsor. 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 integrate systems and services better. 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 

Work Plan

Click here to see CT ECFC's 2021 work plan.

 

Member List

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*

Community Foundation of Greater New Britain

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Esther A. and Joseph Klingenstein Fund

Fairfield County's Community Foundation

The Fund for Greater Hartford

The Grossman Family Foundation

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Liberty Bank Foundation*

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

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

*Associate Members

 

Co-chairs and Staff

     
     

Kimberley Russo
Executive Director
The Fund for Greater Hartford 

Dr. William (Billy) Johnson
Director of Educational Strategy
William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Mary Peniston
Executive Director
Early Childhood Funder Collaborative

We encourage funders to join our effort. The Collaborative is open to all funders.

For more information, contact Mary Peniston, Collaborative Executive Director.