call to action: early care and education

MMF’s Call to Action for Early Care and Education is now available.

Executive Summary
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Complete Call to Action
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Watch our video on Early Care and Education: An Economic Imperative

community endorsements

Community leaders agree: Early Care and Education is of critical importance to the economic vitality of Montgomery County, and we need a coordinated, comprehensive ECE system. MORE >

More than 130 community leaders from across sectors have signed their support for the following statement:

We agree that Early Care and Education for children 0 to 5 is of critical importance to the economic vitality of Montgomery County.

We support Montgomery Moving Forward’s goal of a coordinated, comprehensive system of Early Care and Education that:

  • Will attract and retain a talented workforce of today by supporting families of young children, and
  • Ensures the skilled workforce of tomorrow by addressing the growing opportunity gap.

(as of January 30, 2018)

Supporting Documents

These documents provide background and supplemental information related to MMF’s Call to Action for Early Care and Education (ECE).

Select from the links below to view the documents individually, or download the complete supporting documents packet.

Selected Sources: Early Care and Education

Early Care and Education: Trends and Key Factors (January 2018)

Demographic Snapshot: Montgomery County, Maryland (January 2018)

Glossary of Early Care and Education Terms

ECE Landscape of Funding and Supports in Montgomery County, MD

Summary of Findings: Westat ECE Employer and Employee Surveys

Executive Summary: Parent Speak Outs and Employer Focus Groups

MMF’s First Issue: Workforce Development

Early Care and Education is closely related to MMF’s first issue: workforce development.

We want more residents to achieve self-­sufficiency, more businesses to find qualified workers, and more communities to contribute to county-­wide prosperity.

Our Call to Action: Fueling our Future with Skilled Workers and Good Jobs, issued in 2014, was embraced by more than 100 leaders from across sectors.

In October 2015, Montgomery County Executive Leggett announced an initiative to overhaul workforce development in the county, and the County Council approved legislation designating WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. as the County’s first single, readily identifiable structure to lead, elevate and coordinate a comprehensive system of workforce development.

MMF continues to follow this new entity’s progress, and we plan to issue a progress report in 2018 based on goals outlined in our original Call to Action.

Workforce Development: Resources

Beyond Charity: Nonprofit Business in Montgomery County (2013)

MMF Call to Action: Fueling the Future with Skilled Workers and Good Jobs (2014)

Montgomery County Demographic Snapshot (Fall 2015)

WorkSource Montgomery

About MMF and Collective Impact

MMF One Pager (includes Leadership Group)

MMF Collective Impact Framework

Background on Collective Impact from Stanford Social Innovation Review

Collective Impact Forum

1462845990_102Our goal: economic opportunities for all and a thriving Montgomery County.

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shared goals & shared outcomes

Montgomery Moving Forward leverages the Collective Impact model to address complex community problems.

MMF is a vehicle for change, not a service organization or program. We bring leaders together to define a problem and embrace a common agenda. The issues we focus on are selected strategically, based on community needs and the opportunity to achieve systems change utilizing the Collective Impact model.


MMF is part of a national movement of leaders committed to strategic action in pursuit of innovative solutions.

We engage veteran and emerging leaders from many communities and professions to develop specific and actionable plans. We innovate through collaboration and competition. We facilitate continuous, open communication to keep the group focused on shared goals and shared outcomes, and we coordinate collective efforts to maximize results.

View our Collective Impact Framework