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.





In 2021, ECF embarked on a path to more fully address and elevate racial equity in early childhood philanthropy. ECF is hosting a series of safe-space Learning Sessions for its members, developed a Racial Equity Framework to guide its work, and began to collect resources for ECF members interested in furthering their own racial equity work. ECF is committed to placing intentional focus on racial equity in all of its activities.








Helping Families Make Ends Meet

Early Childhood Educator compensation strategies

Universal Transitional Kindergarten Expansion



The Urgency of Now: Dual Language Learners


COVID-19’s impact on social emotional development

Racial Equity in Grantmaking



The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Services

Using Data to Improve Child Outcomes

California’s Master Plan for Early Learning and Care

Governor Newsom’s Vision for Early Care and Education in California

  • Kris Perry, deputy secretary for early childhood development of the California Health and Human Services Agency and senior advisor to the Governor on implementation of early childhood development initiatives



California’s Changing Demography and Implications for Early Care and Education

Trauma-Informed Practice

Policy and Advocacy


The Next 20 Years for Early Childhood

A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Disadvantaged Populations



Immigration Reform and its Impact on Children

California Leaders for Children -- 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign

The Science of Early Childhood


2016 and previous presentations



For more information about the Early Childhood Funders please email us at or call 510-918-6381.


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