A shared commitment to children.

The Early Child Development Funders Working Group (ECD-FWG) was established in 2009, and has come together for the first time with an Open Letter to urge Canada’s politicians to recognize that early childhood education and care is a must-have element in building a more prosperous country and to invest in quality early childhood education and care for all children across Canada.

ECD-FWG is many things: a cross-Canada learning network; a deeply shared commitment to children; a link among eight very diverse foundations.

Our goal is simple — the availability of quality, publicly-funded, early childhood education and care for every preschool child.

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.



Despite the documented benefits of early childhood education and care only one in two Canadian children regularly attend a preschool program.

Considering that Canada spends over 6% of its GDP on compulsory schooling, 1.1% is a modest share of our collective wealth to provide a joyful childhood for our youngest citizens.


Taking the pulse on ECE

Leger, The Research Intelligence Group was commissioned by the Early Child Development Funders Working Group (ECDFWG) to conduct a study across the country to gauge Canadians’ opinions and attitudes regarding early childhood developed (ECD) and education (ECE).

 Early Childhood Education Report 2017

Early Childhood Education Report 2017

The Early Childhood Education Report 2017, released by the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, is the third assessment of provincial and territorial frameworks for early childhood education in Canada. Nineteen benchmarks, organized into five equally weighted categories, evaluate governance structures, funding levels, access, quality in early learning environments and the rigour of accountability mechanisms.


Early Childhood in Canada

EMPOWERING THE FUTURE: Best Evidence for Investing in Early Childhood Education for Canada.

As Canadian policy makers and political leaders continue to debate the value of investing in preschool children, they should note the consensus among Canadian scholars based on both Canadian and international research. We can improve children’s lives and the economic and social wellbeing of our  society by investing in early childhood education.


Early Years Study 3

The Early Child Development Funders Working Group’s major project to date has been a shared investment in the creation and promotion of Early Years Study 3.

The Early Years Study 3 documents the social, economic and scientific rationale for increased investments in early childhood education. It also introduces the Early Childhood Education Report to monitor the funding, policy, access and quality of early education programming.

Members of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group include:

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