The resources listed below represent many of the early childhood issues that are important to the Trio Foundation, as well as the organizations and funder colleagues who share our commitments and concerns.

Bay Area Early Childhood Funders
The Trio Foundation is a founding member of the Bay Area Early Childhood Funders (ECF), an informal affiliation of private and corporate foundations, individual donors, and public funders who share a common interest in funding projects that support young children and their families. Members meet several times a year to broaden their knowledge of the early childhood field and to share insights, grant-making opportunities, and informational resources. To learn more, see the Bay Area Early Childhood Funders brochure.

Play is the Way Young Children Learn
Because of our common concern about the disappearance of play in the lives of young children, the Bay Area Early Childhood Funders commissioned the publication of the policy brief Play in the Early Years: Key to School Success. A new pamphlet from the Early Childhood Funders, Play, It’s The Way Young Children Learn, is available in six languages. It is intended to help teachers and parents understand the importance of play and integrate play into daily practice. Order copies of both these play papers

Organizations that focus on the importance of play in early childhood and beyond:

Children and Nature Resources
Organizations that help children form a lifelong connection to the natural world:

California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

Germany’s Forest Kindergartens

Early Childhood Education is a Wise Investment
The Bay Area Early Childhood Funders have been working with the Bay Area Council to encourage business leaders to recognize the wisdom of investing in young children and to champion improvements in the quality and quantity of early childhood education in California

James J. Heckman, PhD, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, explains why it’s so important to Invest in the Very Young. Read the article at

NEW REPORT: Key to Economic Success in the 21st Century: Investment in Early Childhood Programs is a research report that supports the business case for investment in early education. The report was prepared for the Bay Area Council and the Bay Area Early Childhood Funders.