About Us

Our Mission

To build better futures for young children by promoting and providing quality early childhood education and services for families, early childhood professionals and the community.

Our Vision

For every young child to succeed and for families to be self-sufficient as a result of quality early childhood care and education.

Our Beliefs

  • Children are the most important asset in our community
  • Healthy growth, learning and development begin at birth
  • Our services benefit all families, especially those with limited resources
  • Parents need to be supported in their role as parents and as their children’s first teachers
  • The most important determinant of quality early childhood education is the caregiver
  • Inclusiveness and diversity are vital to the community

A message from our CEO

For 67 years, Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) has provided programs and services to meet the needs of children, families and communities in northeast Indiana. 


Today, Early Childhood Alliance is recognized as a leader in the early care and education field. We are proud of our heritage and continue in our leadership role with families, early childhood professionals, and communities. Our work with two nationally accredited Learning Centers, our Family Engagement services, and the federal Adult & Child Care Food Program, are inclusive for all children, helping prepare them for success in school and beyond. 


Our staff and Board of Directors are committed to Building Better Futures for Children. 


Madeleine Baker 

Chief Executive Officer 


Madeleine Baker

Madeleine Baker, CEO
Early Childhood Alliance

Our Values


Our Strategic Priorities

  • ECA will enhance its training services to include organizational capacity building and business planning.
  • ECA will utilize its early education centers as models for advancing knowledge in the areas of instruction, curriculum, teacher training and facilities use.
  • ECA will strengthen its advocacy role in the region by:
    • Educating consumer families
    • Supporting community coalitions
    • Informing policy makers
    • Engaging the private sector.

Our Services

Early Childhood Alliance is a non-profit organization serving the early education needs of children across northern Indiana. Our services include: on-site early care and education in two accredited learning centers; sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a program of the Department of Education; a wide range of Family Support programs; and early childhood education advocacy through our work with businesses and other service agencies in communities of northern Indiana.

For Families
  • Early care and education in state-licensed and nationally accredited learning centers in Fort Wayne:
  • Family support programs to assist parents in enhancing their parenting skills, focusing on the developmental needs of children. Opportunities for ECA support:
    • Home visits for parent and child – Parents as Teachers
    • Early learning group sessions for parents and children – Book Buddies
    • Birthing Center information bags plus follow up mailings
    • Pediatric well child check-ups – Books & Docs
Child Care Provider Services
  • Professional Development
    • Child Development Associate credential class
  • Our Professional Programs