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Children need high quality early education

Children impacted annually by Early Childhood Alliance4
Families in ECA Learning Centers depend on tuition assistance
Indiana children ages 3-5 in high-quality early childhood education programs3
  • Every $1 invested in early childhood programs saves taxpayers $7-$10 spent on welfare, remediation, education, unemployment, and law enforcement.
  • Children who have high quality early childhood education are more likely to graduate from high school.
  • Without kindergarten readiness, the consequences are costly. Northeast Indiana spends nearly $1.3 million on students held back in kindergarten each year.5

Early Childhood Alliance helps children build a strong foundation
for success in school and success in life.

Research of the past 40 years indicates that quality early education programs help reduce dropout rates, poverty and crime, while improving job skills to build a strong workforce. If we fail to provide children with what they need to build a strong foundation for healthy and productive lives, we put the community’s future prosperity and security at risk.

Early Childhood Alliance programs and services help build better futures for children. As a non-profit organization, we depend on the generosity of community organizations and individuals for 45% of our operating budget. Your support for the education of young children – birth through age five – makes a significant impact on children and your community.

Revenue Sources

  • Govt Grants
  • Program Service Fees
  • Contributions
  • United Way
  • Fundraising Events


  • Program Expenses
  • Fundraising & Admin

What can I do to help Early Childhood Alliance?

  • Cash/Check (please call us at 260-745-2501)
  • Credit Card
  • Stock
  • Property
  • Early Childhood Alliance Legacy Society
  • Endowment Fund
  • Wills or estate plans
  • Life income plans (charitable remainder trusts)
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Insurance
  • Retirement assets

For additional information please contact our Development Director

Please consider partnering with ECA in our Adopt-a-Classroom Program.  Your support will allow classroom improvements and supplies as well as and an opportunity for ongoing interaction with the teacher and classroom at the level most appropriate for you, your family and/or your employees.

Here is more information on how your support will impact our centers, teachers, children and ultimately, our community’s future:

  • The physical environment is a vital component of an early education The materials provide an array of opportunities for children to explore and learn through their play. As providers enhance their environments, children’s learning and development are positively impacted.
  • Volunteering to help, rather it is through physical improvements and projects to the facilities, or reading to and interacting with the children, will allow for a higher quality experience for our children, more time and monies to be appropriated to programs and supplies directly for the children.
  • High quality child care and education for children provides a foundation for success in school and beyond, reducing dropout rates, poverty and crime and truly is an investment in the future of the individual and the community.

All individuals and corporations who Adopt-a-Classroom are recognized by a room dedication, a plaque, and on-going communication with their classroom. As an Adopt-a-Classroom partner, you can stand side by side with teachers and families in building better futures for children and your community!

Contact our Development team or call 260-458-0125 for more information.

Your donations of materials and supplies throughout the year are appreciated. With the exception of children’s books and some craft supplies, materials should be new/unopened.

For Learning Centers

(For children birth to school age)
Block Sets
  • Geo-Mag-Wheels Team
  • Geo-Mag-COR
  • Magformers-a few different sets
  • Magformers Log cabin building set
Board Games
  • Yahtzee
  • Kerplunk
  • Battleship
  • Perfection
  • Quirkle
  • Jenga
Craft Supplies
  • Dry erase markers, crayons, chalk, glue, washable markers
  • Washable gallon primary colors tempera paint
  • Cotton balls, beads, glitter, ribbon, feathers, felt, pipe cleaners
  • Non-holiday cookie cutters
  • Food coloring
  • Wood craft sets
  • Slime making kit
  • Crayola/Prang water color sets
  • Pasta (variety of shapes, sizes)
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Coffee filters
  • Yarn
  • Paper plates
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Sketchbooks
  • Color by number
Reading, Music, Science
  • Flannel story boards, wood puzzles
  • Multicultural & classic children’s new or gently used books
  • Science activities for preschoolers (nature walk or lab sets)
  • CDs, multicultural instruments, recordable CDs and radio/CD
STEM Wish List
Classroom supplies
  • Boxes of tissue
  • Wash cloths and crib sheets
  • Rolls of Scotch tape
  • Cloth or paper napkins
  • Cloth bibs for infants and toddlers
  • Dawn® soap
  • Batteries (AA, C and D)
  • Crib sheets
Center equipment
  • Folding tables and non-cloth chairs
  • Sensory tables
  • 8.5 x 11″ laminator and pouches
  • Classroom chairs

For Parenting Programs

Art materials
  • Finger paint paper
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Water color paint
  • Moon sand
  • Farm animal stickers
  • Washable markers
  • Paper plates – large and small
  • Sharpie Markers (all colors)
Activity materials
  • Play dough
  • Wooden spoons of all sizes
  • Balls
  • 10 sets of alphabet blocks
  • Plastic sweater boxes with tight fitting lids
  • Infant rubber “squeezy” animals

You can help raise the bar on quality by getting involved and letting our leaders know that high-quality child care is important to you and your community.

Now is the time to contact the elected officials who represent YOU. Let them know that you want the quality of care strengthened in every community.

Every voice counts! Join thousands of Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, child care providers, and parents to make high-quality child care a reality for all families. To find out more visit the Legislative Action Center.

Why does child care cost so much yet...

Early child care and education in America is expensive, parents spend large portions of their annual income just to ensure their child or children are receiving quality early care. But if child care is so expensive, why is it that so many child care teachers struggle to make ends meet. In this video, “Why Do Parents Spend So Much on Child Care, Yet Early Childhood Educators Earn So Little?” it’ll all start to make sense.

As a nation, we must all come together and agree that early childhood education is a crucial part to building America’s future. We then have to encourage our elected officials to vote for affordable, high-quality early childhood education as well as a fair wage for our teachers. Let’s invest in our teachers and children.

Learn about what is needed at Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA).

How do I contact my legislators?

Follow the steps:
  1. Go to
  2. On the left side you will see a number of options – Select Who’s Your Legislator to identify your legislator based on your home address and zip code.
  3. Click on your legislator’s name.
  4. You will be taken to a screen that allows you to directly email a message.

Contact Governor Eric Holcomb

  1. Visit the following site:
  2. On the left side you will see a number of options – Select Ask Eric.
  3. You will be taken to a screen that allows you select the option to email a message.

Share your child care story

Early Childhood Alliance uses child care stories to further its mission and to advocate on behalf of children.

Share your story with Cathy Scott-Slayback.

Volunteers are an integral part of the organization and make significant contributions to achieving our mission. We match volunteers’ interests with our needs and use the time and talents of volunteers to support the development of young children. Below are some examples of the types of volunteers Early Childhood Alliance is on the lookout for.

Consider making a difference in early childhood education by supporting Early Childhood Alliance with your time and talent in a friendly environment. Pick the tasks that match your skills and set your own hours. Volunteer today!

Volunteer Today!

Fill out our volunteer application online

For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Examples

  • Office assistant to organize, sort, file or collate materials, tabulate surveys, answer phones, and greet visitors; to trace, cut, paste or make simple materials for art projects.
  • Handy Person: Use your skills to make minor repairs at office building and learning centers. Assemble AV equipment or bookshelves, change light bulbs, hang pictures, fix leaky faucets, repair office furniture, repair children’s toys, etc.
  • Special Events: Needed to help with one-time events or projects that support our mission, such as event staffing, special mailings, sewing projects, book and supplies collection, or landscaping.
  • Sewing – Light sewing and mending projects to support infant and toddler care at our two Learning Centers. Cloth bibs, crib and cot sheets, blankets, and more. We can supply supplies and patterns.

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Additional Resources

  1. In the past three months nationwide
  2. Cost to American businesses due to employee absences as a result of child care breakdowns
  3. 66% of young Hoosier children require child care (ELAC, 2016; National Center for Children in Poverty, 2013).
  4. Accross 10 counties of northern Indiana
  5. Source: Indiana Department of Education