ECA News

Pedue Honored as Hoosier Educator of the Year

Karla Pedue, Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) educator, was awarded the 2019 Hoosier Educator Award at the Indiana AEYC Early Childhood Celebration recently. Awarded by the Indiana AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children), this award recognizes an educator working in the preschool or early elementary field whose exemplary practices embody the practical application of Indiana AEYC standards and who shares those methods with others. Pedue, who joined ECA in 2015, is an instructor for the Child Development Associate credential for child care providers.

Training targets plant-based nutrition

More than 75 child care providers who are enrolled in the Child and Adult Care Food Program through Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) are registered for a training on plant-based nutrition on Saturday, March 9. The training will begin at 9 – 11:30 am, at The Summit (Rudisill Blvd), hosted by ECA and presented by Forward Food, a project of the HSUS, to encourage plant-based nutrition.

This training is one of several options for child care providers to obtain required training hours throughout the year to learn the latest best practices about meal planning and nutrition for young children. Trainers will focus on the Three Rs: “reducing” or “replacing” consumption of animal products with plant-based foods, and “refining” our diets. Presenters will be cooking on site in the Cook Spring kitchen at The Summit.

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ECA is a 2019 Fort4Fitness Charity Partner

ECA is excited to be a Charity Partner in this year’s Fort4Fitness events!

You can help support ECA’s mission of building better futures for young children by selecting Early Childhood Alliance as the “charity partner of your choice” when registering! If ECA is selected by 100+ participants during registration for an event, we will receive 10% of those registration fees.


Step 1: Register Online

Visit and register for the Spring Cycle, Fall Festival, or both! There is a discounted rate if you choose the bundle option.

Step 2: Consider Pledging Additional Funds

You can support ECA in an even bigger way by asking friends and family to sponsor your participation through a pledge to ECA! Donations can quickly be made directly through our website:

Step 3: Have Fun!

We look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

Also, look out for us at the 4th Annual Fantasy of Lights 5K and 2K on November 16 and 17. More information to come!

Baker Elected to ROC

Madeleine Baker CEO, Early Childhood Alliance
Madeleine Baker CEO, Early Childhood Alliance

Madeleine Baker was recently elected as one of three at-large members of the Regional Opportunities Council (ROC), the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s investor board. The ROC drives the Regional Partnership’s Vision 2030 initiative with a focus on achieving three goals by 2030: increase per capita personal income to 90 percent of the national average; grow the region’s population to 1 million; and raise credential attainment to 60 percent. The ROC drives these goals by identifying, supporting and leading strategies that support business attraction, talent attraction, and talent development. ROC investors include the region’s top business leaders that live and work in 11 counties of northeast Indiana, comprised of representatives of business, government, higher-education, K-12 education, foundations, and non-profits.

ECA Welcomes New Staff

Brooklyn Disch recently joined Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) as executive administrative assistant.

Also new to the ECA staff are Jazzy Bergamo, Elizabeth Suwinski, and Chelsea Poindexter, teachers at ECA’s Beacon Learning Center.