Democratizing Access to Early Childhood Funding


We know that those with lived experience of poverty, recent immigration, and incarceration are best equipped to support vulnerable families—so how can we support them? A new philanthropic prize in NYC is working to put community first and engage wide-ranging nonprofits in early childhood work. Panelists will discuss the power of community partnerships to disrupt systemic bias and learnings from FUEL for 50, a 3-year initiative to support 50 programs focused on caregivers of children ages 0-3.

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  1. Why support for the adult caregivers of children ages 0-3 is our most critical opportunity to empower lifelong learning and success
  2. What we’re learning from a community-led funding model, including prioritizing caregivers’ mental health, service navigation and other urgent needs
  3. How funders can adapt to prioritize lived experience and the community organizations best-equipped to support families living in poverty



Kelly Escobar, Senior Program Officer, Robin Hood

Meta Information:

  • Tags: diversity & inclusion, funding
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Talk
  • Track: Community Initiatives
  • Session Focus Area Early Learning
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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