Who We Are

About Us

The Work We Do

Center for Early Learning Funding Equity builds capacity for assessing adequacy and equity in early learning funding systems through research and transformative partnerships. We create innovative approaches and funding mechanisms that support the diverse needs of children and families. We bring decades of experience in developing and implementing early learning systems at the state and local levels and are driven by our deep belief in the power of early experiences to shape the trajectory of children’s lives.

The Impact We Help to Achieve

  • Equitable funding systems across a system of multiple funding streams for early childhood education and child care
  • Increased access and participation in high-quality ECEC, especially in underresourced areas
  • Improved data systems that support the disaggregation of data regarding public investments in children over time, and analyses of the equity and adequacy of funding by geography
  • ECEC systems that support families’ access to high-quality early childhood education and care, with attention to:
    • Affordability
    • Schedules and type of care that match families’ needs
    • Location and/or available transportation
    • Culturally and linguistically responsive programs
    • Comprehensive services
    • Accessibility of enrollment processes

The Future We Are Working to Create

  • An equitable system that produces equitable outcomes for young children and families
  • Governance and finance transformation that eliminates barriers to access to high-quality ECEC
  • No barriers to access to high-quality ECEC due to race, income, or geographic location
  • Improved outcomes and reduced disparities in outcomes for children and families