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Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative

The Collaborative is not accepting proposals at this time.

The Collaborative
Research shows that young children (ages 0 to 5) need a strong social, emotional and intellectual foundation to succeed in school. Parents and caregivers have the responsibility to ensure young children get off to a strong start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning. Young children who enter kindergarten without this foundation for learning are more likely to face significant academic challenges than peers who come prepared.

Quality early care and education can successfully close this “preparation gap,” while facilitating the economic security and long-term financial success of low income families, supporting parents in the workforce, and preparing the future workforce to meet the needs of the regional business community.

The Washington Area Women’s Foundation established the Early Care and Education Funders Collaborative (the “Collaborative”) to meet these pressing social and economic needs by focusing on improved access to quality early care and education for low-income families in the Washington metropolitan area. A multi-year, multi-million dollar collective funding effort, the Collaborative is supported and directed by corporate funders and local and national foundations. Members of the Collaborative believe that strategic efforts can create meaningful systemic change in early care and education by improving the access to quality services and influencing public decisions.

Mission and Goals
The Collaborative’s mission is threefold: To increase the capacity and institutional stability of early care and education programs in the region, enable these entities to develop and manage their resources more effectively, and to improve early care and education programs through grantmaking, training and technical assistance. In keeping with this mission, the Collaborative’s goals are to:

1. Encourage and strengthen partnership(s) among key early care and education stakeholders to promote and/or advocate for systemic change.
2. Support systemic changes in early care and education programs that will improve early learning and ensure the access to and quality of care among the young children (ages 0 to 5).
3. Promote early care and education programs working towards long-term sustainable systemic reforms.
4. Strengthen the capacity of early care and education professionals by investing in training and technical assistance for Grantee Partners.

The ECEFC is not currently accepting proposals. For more information, contact Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, Vice President, Programs at 202.347.7737 or jlockwoodshabat@wawf.org.