ECA News

Funding Opportunity for Providers

Have you considered starting or expanding a child care program in Steuben County? A new funding opportunity is now available with an application deadline of June 15, 2018.

Steuben County Community Foundation awarded a grant of $36,080, to Early Child Alliance (ECA), the Child Care Resource & Referral agency in the County, to increase child care capacity. The grant includes $10,000 to help both new and existing child care programs meet requirements to enroll or advance in Paths to QUALITYTM (Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system). Building capacity and increasing quality of programs are critical in meeting the needs of Steuben County families, based on county data.

Programs will be awarded mini grants of $100-$2,000, to be used by the end of the year. Grant requirements and application details are available at

Call Maricela Madden, 260-577-7078 for additional information.

Help Spark a Future for children

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Vacation getaways, local artist-painted children’s furniture, and custom jewelry are just a few of the special auction items at Spark a Future, on Wednesday, May 23. Purchase your tickets now (at for Early Childhood Alliance’s annual fundraiser for a chance at these items and more. The special event will be held at Parkview Field, 6 – 9:30 pm.

Proceeds from the annual event will support projects at ECA’s two Learning Centers in Fort Wayne and family engagement programs in northern Indiana. Your support makes an impact on hundreds of children and families, building better futures for children.

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Move is complete

Good news! Early Childhood Alliance has moved, effective April 23, 2018. Our new address is:

3800 N. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-745-2501 / 800-423-1498

After 20 years at 3320 Fairfield Avenue, ECA outgrew the space. In recent years, the growth of programs and services plus an expanded service delivery area westward, prompted a search. Our new office provides more efficient space and easier access to highways, both for our staff serving 10 counties and for clients attending events at ECA. However, ECA continues to be a key resource for the Allen County community, close to our Learning Centers in Fort Wayne and to our Allen County clients, funders, and partners. We look forward to welcoming clients, stakeholders and friends of ECA to our new location.

*Our new office is located in Ivy Tech’s Coliseum Campus.