In 2005, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund began to execute a strategy to align policy advocacy with the increasing amount of science that was pointing to the crucial importance of investing in early childhood.
And because state-level policymakers make so many of the decisions about the scale and scope of early childhood support in their states, the plan included an all-new organization to support and align state early childhood policy advocacy. That’s us. (We were called the Birth to Five Policy Alliance back then.)
Other leading national investors immediately saw the power in the strategy, and Buffett’s support was quickly joined by investments from the Irving Harris Foundation, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.
Each year, as our state advocates win millions and millions in new public commitments for early childhood in their states, national foundations and philanthropists commit more resources to this high-return investment.
Today, our principal investors include:
Buffett Early Childhood Fund
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Richard W. Goldman Family Foundation
Irving Harris Foundation
Conrad Hilton Foumndation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
Spring Point Partners
The Alliance 50-State Progress Report gives investors a detailed, state-by-state picture of early childhood policy progress.
Ballmer Group Spotlight: Alliance for Early Success
Dr. Raychael Jensen, Ballmer Group's portfolio manager for early childhood and families, explains why investing in the Alliance is key to building a national movement to fully fund quality early childhood education.
Imaginable Futures Spotlight: Why We Invested
Ashley Beckner, a venture partner at Imaginable Futures, shares insights about the organization's investment in state policy advocacy, equity, and coalitions.
Want to join these strategic leaders? Investors of all sizes—including those focused on specific states or regions—have driven impact by investing in the pooled fund. Contact us to learn about how your investment in the pooled fund is a smart, high-return way to lift all states.