Warm welcomes by a banker, doctor, veterinarian, chef, astronaut, and fire fighter helped raise more than $120,000 at the annual fundraiser for Early Childhood Alliance (ECA). These “professionals” were actually children in costumes, reflective of possible future careers, serving as inspiration for ECA’s event, Spark a Future: Invest in our Workforce. Among the 200 guests were many more professionals learning and having fun during an evening designed to help build better futures for young children, ECA’s mission.
Funds raised from the annual event support projects at ECA’s two Learning Centers in Fort Wayne along with a wide range of programs serving families across northern Indiana, which directly impact employers as well. ECA programs and services impact 40,000 children and their families annually.
While learning about the importance of early childhood education, guests also had some fun with a lively auction and games for vacation get-aways, jewelry and dining experiences. Top level sponsors were The James Foundation and Parkview Health.
Congratulations to ECA’s Downtown Learning Center, 516 E Wayne St, for earning accreditation status for another five years. In celebration, this dedicated staff was treated to a celebration lunch.
Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the highest credential for an early childhood education program. NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
The reaccreditation process requires early learning programs to demonstrate their commitment to high quality early childhood education by completing onsite visits and thorough documentation that meet NAEYC’s stringent requirements for quality.
NAEYC accreditation is also a requirement for Level 4, Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system.