Early Childhood

Transforming the early care and education system.

Quality early care and education (ECE) experiences contribute to children’s success in K-12 and beyond. Yet out of 455,581 children in L.A. County who were income-eligible for publicly funded early care and education programs, approximately one-quarter were enrolled in publicly funded ECE (2019).

Transforming the early care and education system for young learners’ birth to age three requires systems change grantmaking strategies and public and private partnerships. Building on previous investments such as, the Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative, and the Early Childhood Alliance, CCF seeks to support advocates in developing community-informed policies that increase support for early care and preschool education reforms and funding; and fund nonprofit organizations that help parents and early care and education providers advocate for better child care and preschool programs.

The Stein ECD Fund Partnership, launched in 2023, brings together the California Community Foundation’s Education team and donors Mindy and Gene Stein, to build a three-year California-wide communications campaign to inspire action from the general public. Grounded in policy solutions that center families with children birth to age three, and prioritize challenges faced by BIPOC families/caregivers, the campaign is actively driving public urgency and mobilizing support for publicly-funded, accessible, and high-quality child care.