Bay Area Early Childhood Funders

 

The Early Childhood Funders (ECF) is an informal affiliation of Bay Area foundations, public funders and private donors focused on improving grantmaking effectiveness in the early childhood field. Membership in ECF is voluntary, members meet three to four times a year to broaden their knowledge of the early childhood field, share information, engage in dialogue, and participate in joint funding activities to improve the lives of young children and their families.

General information about ECF and its major projects, as well as resources and reports are available on this website as well as information about the 1997-2002 Quality Child Care Initiative. ECF is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives.

 

ABOUT ECF

See below for an ECF brochure and membership list.

Presentations

MAJOR PROJECTS

RESOURCES

See below for a list of reports, articles and other early childhood resources.

 
 

ABOUT ECF

 

 

Click here for the PDF brochure about the Early Childhood Funders.

Click here for a membership list.

 


Presentations

2017
* Immigration Reform and its Impact on Children
* California Leaders for Children -- 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign

2016
* Minding our Words: Messaging to Win Better Policy for California's Children and Families
* Family Engagement
* Improving Early Childhood Compensation

2015
* Local Funding Initiatives
* A New Way of Looking at Parent Support
* The State of Infant and Toddler Care

2014
* Help Me Grow and the California Comprehensive Learning Plan
* Messaging, Public Policy and Advocacy

* Addressing Childhood Poverty and Financial Stability for Families

2013
* Federal and State Early Learning Opportunities
* Promise Neighborhoods and Regional Race to the Top efforts

* Early Childhood Mental Health

2012
* A Blueprint for Great Schools: Superintendent of Public Instruction TomTorlakson
* Grade Level Reading/All American Cities Award: Ralph Smith, Annie E. Casey Foundation
* Messaging, media and movement strategies: Former Superintendent Eastin; Ron Lally, WestEd

2011
* Federal and State Policy Update
* American Birthright Campaign
* The Future of PreK and Transitional K


For more information about the Early Childhood Funders please email us at earlychildhoodfunders@gmail.com or call 415-733-8576.


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MAJOR PROJECTS

 


 
 

 

 

The Value of Play for Early Learning

The Early Childhood Funders (ECF) has produced two publications on the importance of play for early learning. Copies are available for a minimal postage and handling charge. Play materials are being distributed by Bananas Child Care Resource and Referral Agency for ECF; payment online or by check accepted.

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The policy brief, Play in the Early Years: Key to School Success, was produced to educate policy makers, legislators, school superintendents, and early care and education organizations and advocates of the value of play for early learning. This research-based brief explains how play contributes to school success by helping children develop the skills necessary for the development of logic, literacy, self-regulation and social negotiation, critical thinking, and leadership. The brief describes the importance of play for early learning and emphasizes that play is not a break from learning-it is the way young children learn. The brief also highlights how the benefits of play increase when children have skilled teachers who are well-trained in understanding how play contributes to learning.


The play pamphlet, Play: It's the way young children learn, is an easy-to-read less academic version of the policy brief intended to help parents and teachers increase their knowledge of the importance of play for early learning, provide resources for parents and early care and education teachers to better support the development of young children, and to educate parents and providers that play is not a break from learning - it is the way young children learn. The pamphlet is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Farsi.




Messaging/Policy Project

An ECF Messaging/Policy committee was established in 2010 to explore the development of a messaging campaign to promote the value and importance of early childhood development and to unify early childhood advocates. The committee held a facilitated convening in March 2011 with 12 different ECE advocacy groups and gained their consensus on the value of unified messaging to promote early childhood development among policy makers and the general voting public. In addition, the committee conducted a review of the early childhood literature to identify common themes, and interviewed 23 early childhood leaders representing a variety of points of view and organizations, to get their input on the themes identified. ECF's objective was: to develop a long-term media effort to communicate to voters the importance of, support for and investment in early childhood development and to unify and expand the field of advocates supporting this messaging campaign.

ECF continued to explore the role it can play to increase support for early childhood development considering a number of options. The ECF Messaging Committee hosted a convening on October 13, 2016 with communications specialist Anat Shenker Osorio to explore the messages that we use and how this helps or hinders making the case for California's children. The day-long forum Minding our Words: Messaging to Win Better Policy for California's Children and Families included ECF members and invited representatives from local and statewide children's advocacy groups. At the forum we explored the "frames" that we use to promote our vision, how people process information and communicate, and how we can better shape our messages to influence policy makers and the public. A comprehensive Language Analysis Messaging Report and a shorter Messaging Brief are available below.

ECF will be hosting another convening with communications specialist Anat Shenker Osorio on November 17 called "Messaging This Moment: Words that Work for Early Childhood Advocacy." Participants will refresh their knowledge of effective framing, practice applying new principles to their own messaging, and how to move this issue forward.

If you are interested in learning more about this effort or in joining us, please let us know at earlychildhoodfunders@gmail.com.

 


Immigration Resources

The Early Childhood Funders became interested in the impact of real and potential immigration reform efforts on children and their families – specifically how to address legal issues and the impact of trauma on children. Following two presentations on these issues, ECF has compiled a list of resources that we hope will be helpful to providers and parents. The resources are mostly available in English and Spanish (and some include other languages as well) and contain information on how to deal with ICE, sample family preparedness plans, resource guides, videos, and other helpful information.

View the immigration resource list

 

   
 

RESOURCES

 

Following is a list of early childhood resources that have been shared with ECF members over the years. In addition, information is provided about the 1997-2002 successful joint funding effort – the Quality Child Care Initiative.

  • Family at the Center
    By harder+company and LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment
    May 2016, PDF format
  • Word Gap slide
    by Bay Area Council's messaging project
    February 2014, pdf format