The Early Child Development Funders Working Group
The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is a member of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group (ECD-FWG). The ECD-FWG is many things: a cross-Canada learning network; a deeply shared commitment to children; a link among eight very diverse foundations. Its goal is simple—the availability of quality, publicly-funded, early childhood education for every child from the age of two.
The ECD-FWG does not solicit or accept applications for funding. Rather, it is a resource to its membership, supporting collaboration and knowledge sharing that improves the effectiveness of our philanthropy relating to young children. The ECD-FWG's major project to date has been a shared investment in the creation and promotion of Early Years Study 3, and a recently published Open Letter, with much more to come.
Members of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group include: Atkinson Charitable Foundation; Fondation Lucie and André Chagnon; Lyle S. Hallman Foundation; The Lawson Foundation; Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation; The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation; Muttart Foundation and Jimmy Pratt Foundation.
The Early Child Development Funders Working Group in the News:
Smart Investment in our Future, Published in the Edmonton Journal, June 30, 2015
ECE is Essential for Prosperity, Shared on the Manitoba Child Care Association webpage, July 3, 2015
Early Childhood Education is Vital, Published in The Telegram, July 14, 2015
A Smarter Way to Invest in Children, Published in Toronto Star, July 17, 2015
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