ECA News

ECA Hires Ministry Coach

Carla Biro has joined the Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) Child Care Resource and Referral staff as a Ministry Coach. Her responsibilities include working with child care registered ministries across the northern Indiana, as they work toward obtaining Voluntary Certification and enroll in Paths to QUALITYTM, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system for child care programs.

Paths to QUALITY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs in Indiana. Paths to QUALITY is a tool that helps parents identify quality early care and education programs at four levels of progression. It also helps child care providers improve quality through professional development.

Paths to QUALITY Specialist Joins ECA

Mona Livingston has joined the Early Childhood Alliance Child Care Resource and Referral staff as a Paths to QUALITY specialist. Her responsibilities include supporting programs that are participating in Paths to QUALITY, and connecting with community members and programs to build capacity, primarily in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall and Kosciusko Counties.

Paths to QUALITY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs in Indiana. Paths to QUALITY is a tool that helps parents identify quality early care and education programs at four levels of progression. It also helps child care providers improve quality through professional development.

Steppin’ Out to Spark a Future

A lively auction of Mexican holidays, Colts football, and specialty dinners were among the items that helped Early Childhood Alliance raise more than $76,000 at its May fundraiser, Steppin’ Out to Spark a Future for Children. More than 150 guests were treated to live music, fine food and sunset views atop the Embassy Theatre in support of high quality care and education for children.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support ECA’s family engagement programs as well as increase family access to affordable, quality early learning and child care at Early Childhood Alliance’s two learning centers where a majority of families enrolled depend on tuition assistance.

Event chair was Jill Kinder, community volunteer.

See more about this special event here.

Event Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

Parkview Health
Rick and Vicki James

Family Champions

Indiana Michigan Power

Educator Champions

Dulin Ward & DeWald
NIPSCO
Old National Bank
Parkview Physicians Group
PHP
Sweetwater
Travel Leaders
Vera Bradley

Additional Sponsors

BKD
Briljent
Fort Wayne Metals
Hylant Group
Ian & Mimi Rolland Foundation
Salin Bank
STAR Financial
Three Rivers Federal Credit Union
Ron & Kathy Turpin