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.
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
Click here to see CT ECFC's 2021 work plan.
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.
The Grossman Family Foundation
Viking Global Foundation
Co-chairs and Staff
Dr. William (Billy) Johnson
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.