September 18, 2009

Joining the Early Childhood Development Working Group

by Neria Aylward

Jimmy Pratt Foundation

The Jimmy Pratt Foundation became a member of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group (ECD-FWG). The ECD-FWG is many things: a cross-Canada learning network; a deeply shared commitment to children; a link among eight diverse foundations. Its goal is simple — the availability of quality, publicly funded, early childhood education for every child from the age of two.

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. The ECD-FWG’s major project to date has been a shared investment in the creation and promotion of Early Years Study 3, with much more to come.

Members of the Early Child Development Funders Working Group include:

• The Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation

• Atkinson Charitable Foundation

• Fondation Lucie & André Chagnon

• Lyle S. Hallman Foundation

• Lawson Foundation

• The J W McConnell Family Foundation

• Muttart Foundation