Our Mission To build better futures for young children by promoting and providing quality early childhood education and services for families, early childhood professionals and the community.
Our Vision For every young child to succeed* and for families to be self-sufficient as a result of quality early childhood care and education. * Success means that childrendo not have internalized barriers causing school failure after age six.
Children are the most important asset in our community
Healthy growth, learning and development begin at birth
Our services benefit all families, especially those with limited resources
Parents need to be supported in their role as parents and as their children's first teachers
The most important determinant of quality early childhood education is the caregiver
Inclusivenessand diversity are vital to the community
Our Strategic Priorities
As ECA celebrates its 60th year of operation, we are proud of our heritage, positioned to continue in our leadership role, and excited about our future opportunities. ECA's strategic priorities are to:
Increase our impact throughout our region by collaboration with others and expansion of services to assist parents and child care providers in delivering quality early care and education
Model the highest standards of quality early care and education by managing child care centers that prepare children to enter school ready to learn
Serve as the key resource and chief advocate for the region for quality early care and education for young children
Early Childhood Alliance is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and service provider.
Children are born curious and eager to learn. During the first years of life, significant growth occurs as children begin to develop intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. Quality early childhood experiences in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment are the foundation for successful school readiness.
Children are the most important asset in our community. With the combined efforts of parents, teachers, legislators, media, friends and supporters, we can all make a difference for our young children, a difference which will be reflected in years to come in the young adults who lead our community.
Early Childhood Alliance has enjoyed a successful half-century of providing services for thousands of children, families, child care professionals and the community. Throughout northeast Indiana, we have been a leading advocate for quality early care and education for children from birth to age six.
If we can be of assistance to you in your role as a parent, child care professional or employer, please contact us. We hope you will join us in building better futures for all our young children.
Click the button to the left to take part in our convenient online Child Care Search. After you have completed the registration and entered your search criteria you will be shown a list of child care providers.
Our services for families include:
We help families find quality child care.
Child Care Resource and Referral Service - helps parents understand how to select and moitor the quality of care.
Consultation with our Infant/Toddler Specialist or Inclusion Specialist
We offer early care and education in state-licensed and nationally accreditated centers located in Fort Wayne:
Downtown, North, and Parkview
We offer parent programs to assist parents in improving their parenting skills, focusing on the developmental needs of children.Improving Parenting Skills
Parents as Teachers
Parent Book Club
For Child Care and Early Education Professionals
We offer services for child care professionals to strengthen teachers' skills and to improve the quality of child care.
Workshops, seminars and conferences on a veriety of topic
Ongoing classes to earn the Child Development Associate credential
Management training for child care administrators
Our Professional Programs
On-site mentoring and technical assistance to help programs advance on Paths to QUALITY
Training/consultation with our Infant/Toddler Specialist or Inclusion Specialist
Sponsoring agency of the Child and Adult Care Food Program