Early Childhood Policy Briefing

Open to: 
PhilMO Members (free) and Non-Member MO/KS Funders (free)
Friday, July 12, 2024
10:00am to 12:00pm CDT
Virtual - Zoom
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Program & Agenda

The early childhood landscape is shaped by federal and state policy. Philanthropy Missouri is pleased to partner with the KC Early Education Funders Collaborative to provide MO & KS grantmakers with essential updates on the federal and state legislative landscape, what it means for families and workplaces, and opportunities for funders to engage.

Participants should expect to hear from federal and state policy leaders, to have time to pose questions, and to connect with other funders active in the early childhood space. Funders working in Missouri will also have the opportunity to learn more about the re-forming PhilMO Early Childhood Funder Network.

  • 10:00am - Welcome & Peer Networking Conversations

  • 10:30am - Federal Policy Update

  • 11:10am - Missouri Policy Update

  • 11:35am - Concurrent breakout sessions:

    • Missouri Early Childhood Funder Network

    • Kansas Policy Update

  • Noon - Program concludes


This webinar is restricted to grantmakers working in Missouri and Kansas. Any interested funder may attend at no cost.


Brian Schmidt | Brian Schmidt serves as the Executive Director of Kids Win Missouri, where he is responsible for executing Kids Win Missouri’s strategic plan and overseeing the organization’s development. He started his career in public policy as the Executive Director of the Missouri General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Tax Policy where he assisted legislators in analyzing and crafting tax and economic development policies. After his work with the Missouri legislature, Brian started Missouri Wonk, a public policy analysis consulting firm whose work tackled diverse projects with subjects including tax policy and incentives, healthcare, education, transportation, housing, crime and neighborhood revitalization.

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Danielle Ewen | Danielle is a Senior Policy Adviser at EducationCounsel. She has served in numerous leadership positions in child care and early education policy. She previously served as the Director of the Office of Early Childhood Education in the District of Columbia Public Schools, where she oversaw the operations of programs serving three- and four-year old children in high quality, comprehensive classrooms. Prior to her work in DCPS, Ms. Ewen served as the Director of the Child Care and Early Education team at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). 

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John Wilson | John joined Kansas Action for Children in September 2017. He spent the previous 10 years working at the intersection of design, public health, and policymaking. John helped build the Alliance for a Healthier Generation into the nation’s leading nonprofit organization focused on children’s health. As a Kansas State Representative, John worked to redefine the culture of the Legislature to make it more open and collaborative. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied visual communication. The best parts of his day are when he’s spending time with his wife, Jami, and their two sons, Parker and Henry. 


This program is co-hosted by Philanthropy Missouri and the KC Early Education Funders Collaborative. Emerson and PNC Bank generously support Philanthropy Missouri’s early childhood programs.


Cannot attend but want to participate in PhilMO’s Early Childhood Funder Network?

Please email Michelle Miller, PhilMO CEO, at michelle@philmo.org.