ECA News

Center Hosts Adopt-a-Classroom Dedication

Children and teachers in Room 7 are celebrating.  On Friday, January 27, a group of  3- to 5-year-olds will welcome The Luminous Fund, which is adopting the classroom with a $3,000 grant in support of room improvements, sliding scale tuition, and professional development. Unveiling the dedication plaque and sharing breakfast with the preschoolers will be Kathy Carrier, Foundation Secretary and President of Briljent. The celebration is set for 9:30 am, at Early Childhood Alliance’s Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St).

“My husband and I established it [The Luminous Fund] in 2016 to continue to build a foundation of service within our family and our business,” said Carrier. “We are proud of our success and what we are able to do to serve others.” Through this foundation, the Carrier and Odum families make significant donations in the communities in which Briljent operates.

ECA Hires Quality Improvement Coach

Carrie Murphy has joined the staff of Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) as Quality Improvement Coach for the 10 northern Indiana counties that ECA serves. In her position, she will work one-on-one with family child care homes in making quality improvements to enhance child care and early education. Along with recruiting new providers, she will work with new and current providers in obtaining certification, enrolling in Paths to QUALITYTM and/or moving to higher levels of Paths to QUALITYTM, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system.

This position was funded by Partnerships for Early Learners, a project of Early Learning Indiana, and is funded through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.