Philanthropy Now podcast: SVCF’s Early Childhood Development strategy seeks to address systemic disparities

SVCF’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Strategic Initiative is comprised of three prongs: catalyzing philanthropic investment, activating leadership and supporting learning and action in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. In this episode, SVCF Executive Vice President for Community Action, Policy and Strategy Gina Dalma is joined by SVCF Director of Early Childhood Development Christine Thorsteinson, along with Executive Director for Build Up for San Mateo County’s Children (Build Up SMC) Christine Padilla. The three leaders discuss how early childhood development is an impact area intertwined with issues of race, equity, and social justice. Listen to learn more about SVCF’s multi-pronged approach to dismantling systemic barriers and working to ensure all children and their families have access to the care, education and resources they need to flourish.

In SVCF’s Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Gina Dalma, Executive Vice President for Community Action Policy and Strategy at SVCF,
Christine Padilla, Executive Director of Build Up San Mateo,
and Christine Thorsteinson, Director of Early Childhood Development at SVCF.

What you will learn:

  • What sets early childhood development apart as a key impact area
  • The multiple prongs of SVCF’s Early Childhood Development strategy, and how the foundation engages with leaders across all sectors
  • The need to drive philanthropic investment into the early years
  • How SVCF’s strategies have evolved, and the transition from SVCF’s Center for Early Learning
  • The origin of Build Up SMC got started and how this organization fills community needs

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