First Children’s Finance is pleased to extend an opportunity to states to apply to participate in the ECE Business Collaboratory. The Collaboratory convenes small teams of key state leaders to learn together and create a plan to embed business supports within the early childhood systems in a state.
 

About The ECE Business Collaboratory

The ECE Business Collaboratory is an open, creative and collaborative forum where ECE professionals from a number of different states will share ideas and innovate together to support the business of ECE. It will provide an opportunity for small teams of key state leaders to learn together and create a plan to embed business supports within the early childhood systems in a state. The Collaboratory forum will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 3 and 4, 2017.
 

Beyond the forum in October, state teams will receive technical assistance and implementation support from First Children’s Finance for a period of 6 months. State teams will also be provided with opportunities to connect with colleagues during cross-state webinars in order to aid planning and implementation or alignment of initiatives.
 

Next Steps

Complete and email the application form no later than 11:59 CST on July 31, 2017. Completed applications may be emailed to HeidiHB@firstchildrensfinance.org. First Children’s Finance will reimburse travel and hotel expenses for up to three team members. States are encouraged to send up to two additional participants at state/organization/ individual expense (up to a total of five team members per state).
 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Business Collaboratory Overview

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Business Collaboratory Application