For more than half a century, Early Childhood Alliance has provided programs and services to meet the early childhood education needs of children, first in Fort Wayne/Allen County, and today across northern Indiana.
Westside Neighborhood Center formed with a board of 24 members
Incorporated and joined the Fort Wayne Community Chest (United Way of Allen County)
Organization’s first day care center was built in a public housing development serving low income families
Name changed to Neighbors, Inc. to reflect the services, such as outreach and assistance to older adults, large families and young married students with pre-school children
Constructed child care center in Riverhaven, deeded to community organization in 1999, named Blaising Community Center.
Organization narrowed its focus to child care
Renamed Child Care of Allen County. Within three years, the organization operated four child care centers and received government funding for low-income families to attend
Office moved to W. Wayne St.; assumed responsibility for Old Fort YMCA Child Care, named Bernard Harrison Child Care Center.
Approached by the State of Indiana to sponsor the food program for family child care homes, a service which continues today as the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
Contracted with state social service (Title XX) to sponsor family day care
Moved office to N. Wells St. (at YWCA)
Child care center support services started in counties served by Dekko Foundation
Learning Centers achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Downtown Learning Center was built after a $2 million campaign. The Learning Centers were then consolidated from six to three locations: north at Gethsemane Church, downtown on Wayne Street and southeast on Turtle Creek Drive.
Paths to QUALITY, a quality indicator system created by the Child Care and Early Education Partnership (which included ECA), was launched in Allen County; it expanded to five more counties in 2001
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) service achieved national accreditation, Indiana’s first; ECA’s CCR&R service region included Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and Whitley Counties.
Downtown Learning Center achieved High Scope accreditation serving as a demonstration site for the HighScope curriculum
Added four counties to service delivery area when state reduced the number of CCR&R service regions from 11 to 9. The addition of Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties expanded ECA’s region to 10 counties.
Early Learning Indiana named ECA a strategic partner to strengthen … state. ECA efforts are focused on northern Indiana, along with 4C of Southern Indiana (Evansville), and Child Care Answers (Indianapolis) in central Indiana.