For more than 15 years, The Women's Foundation has been a driving force behind advancing early care and education through advocacy and participation and coalition spaces throughout the Washington region.


To advance Early Care and Education we house the Early Care and Education Funder’s Collaborative (ECEFC), connecting funders and facilitating learning, action, and philanthropy. 

The ECEFC funds advocacy and grassroots organizations to increase the quality and capacity of and access to early care and education in the Washington, D.C. region.

Our Priorities

We improve the quality of early care and education for low-income children 0-5.

We expand access to affordable early care and education options.

We support professional development for early care and education professionals.

We encourage and strengthen partnerships among stakeholders that support positive changes in the early care and education system.

Our Investors

We are grateful for organizations and individuals that invest in a shared vision to build a strong Early Care and Education system.

The ECEFC is a multi-million-dollar joint funding effort supported and directed by local and national corporate funders and foundations.

Our Grantee Partners

We support programs that reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Our grantee partners, who receive our grants, are individuals who bring innovation, leadership, and positive change to our community. View our FY '24 grant recipients.

Contact us

Are you interested in learning more about the ECEFC or want to highlight work that advances Early Care and Education systems?

Contact our Program Officer, Abriana Kimbrough!