On June 22nd, ECFC is partnering with Promise Venture Studio to showcase the ECFC-commissioned report by Dr. Sherri Killins Stewart on the professional experiences of Black early childhood leaders, including their experiences with philanthropy. In the context of three national crises, including massive racial justice organizing, COVID-19 pandemic, and a financial crisis, early childhood funders recognize the need to focus more intensely on Black leaders, young Black children, their families, and communities. Funders themselves seek to be inclusive toward marginalized Black communities that have experienced historical oppression and have been systematically disinvested in over many years.
Drawing on the report findings and on her years of policy and practice, Dr. Killins Stewart will present a set of recommendations to help the field move toward greater equity. This interactive session will include small-group breakouts where participants will thoughtfully discuss the recommendations and begin to discuss how organizations might take action to respond to feedback from Black leaders to increase opportunities and remove barriers to funding and other resources.