ECA News

Pyromation “adopts” classroom at ECA

It was celebration time in Room 8 at Early Childhood Alliance (ECA), on Wednesday, May 10, as a group of 3- to 5-year-olds welcomed Pyromation to the Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St).  The Fort Wayne based company that produces temperature sensing devices and equipment, adopted the classroom with a $3,000 grant in support of room improvements, sliding scale tuition, and professional development. The Pyromation senior management team and team members joined in the fun at ECA during the unveiling of a dedication plaque with the preschoolers.

“Pyromation believes it is our duty and privilege to support families and children in need, said Pete Wilson, president. “Early Childhood Alliance’s commitment to providing quality early childhood education as well as much needed services to families makes them a valuable resource in our community. We believe strongly in the mission of ECA and are excited to be supporting them in this way.”

Local Philanthropist Welcomed by Toddlers

It’s celebration time for the children and teachers in Room 1, and the special guest is Harriet Inskeep. On Wednesday, April 12, Inskeep will be welcomed for a special breakfast by a group of toddlers at ECA’s Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St). As part of ECA’s Adopt-a-Classroom program, she is adopting Room 1 with a $5,000 grant in support of room improvements, sliding scale tuition, and professional development. A special plaque will be unveiled outside the classroom in her honor.

Inskeep, who is well known for her business and philanthropic work in the community, credits her own lifelong love of learning for her support of education.

“We are grateful for Harriet’s support for ECA to provide the foundations of education for our youngest citizens,” said Madeleine Baker, CEO of Early Childhood Alliance. “Investment in children’s early years directly impacts our economic health by preparing our future workforce from the very beginning.”

Nursing Students visit Learning Centers

More than a dozen students and staff from the University of St Francis conducted free health screenings at ECA’s two Learning Centers. Students checked children’s height and weight, heart and blood pressure, and hearing. The health fair was part of the USF Community-Based Early Childhood Health Program.

New Hires

Kathryn Cupp - Beacon Learning Center Teacher

New teachers  in Pre-K classrooms at ECA’s Learning Centers are Heather Elser, at the Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St), and Kathryn Cupp, at the Beacon Learning Center (2125 Beacon St).

Foundation Invests in Training

Foellinger Center for Adaptive Leadership graduates first cohort

Fourteen leaders from four area nonprofit organizations graduated from Foellinger Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program on March 23. The graduation celebration was held at the Botanical Gardens.

The 14 leaders spent the last year increasing and strengthening their adaptive leadership skills with a focus on commitment to purpose, emotional intelligence, integrity and entrepreneurship.

Linda Mumma, chief financial officer of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana, is among the graduates. “This training has equipped me with better tools to address challenging leadership situations in a more capable and effective manner,” Mumma said.

Shannon Gage, Chief Program Director

Brightpoint CEO Steve Hoffman encouraged three of his colleagues to participate in the program. “The Foellinger Foundation has made a significant investment in developing and strengthening nonprofit leaders in this community,” Hoffman said. “Foellinger Foundation realizes that strong leaders create strong impact.”

The Emerging Leaders concept was born out of a two-year Foellinger funded collaboration of the CEOs from Brightpoint, Early Childhood Alliance, the YWCA of Northeast Indiana and Lutheran Social Services of Indiana. These nonprofit executives worked to address the need for strategic leader development. The training program launched in 2016 as part of The Foellinger Center for Adaptive Leadership (FoCAL). Participants develop skills that are essential for adaptive leaders in today’s dynamic nonprofit landscape. Key leaders from the four organizations composed the program’s first cohort.

Monthly training and coaching sessions were provided by Colin Maiorano, CEO of StrategyWorx. Colin Maiorano has been training, consulting and coaching for 20 years with methods that maximize leadership potential by creating self-awareness and addressing blind spots that can sabotage a leader’s success.

“Through this training, I learned more about myself and tools I can use to be a more adaptive leader,” said Shannon Gage, Chief Program Director for Early Childhood Alliance.

Mary Jo Hardiman, chief operating officer of the YWCA of Northeast Indiana, said “I learned new ways to tackle problems facing a non-profit and how to build a team to lead: from negotiation techniques, entrepreneurial leadership, to assessment and cultivation of change within an organization’s culture. This experience has allowed me to look through a different lens that I did not know about before. I am thankful for this experience, it was hard work and forced us to look at ourselves, our organization, and the community’s non-profit sector.”

Note: ECA staff participating in the training were Eileen Claypool – Chief Development Officer; Kacey Deverell – Provider Support Manager; Shannon Gage – Chief Program Director; and Connie Heflin – Major Gifts Director.

James’ playhouse theme announced

The team behind Rick and Vicki James’ custom-built playhouse announced its theme and handed approved designs over to the builders at Michael Kinder and Sons last week.

Antebellum Jam(es)boree” draws its inspiration from the antebellum style of architecture of the Southern United States.  A dapper tea host or imaginary belles of the ball will delight with this creation in their own backyard.  Elevatus Architecture is the firm behind this creative playhouse.

Michael Kinder and Sons will be constructing the playhouse in advance of Early Childhood Alliance’s May 17 fundraising event, Play it Forward to Spark a Future.

Three custom-built playhouses will be featured auction items at the May 17 event.

The finished playhouses will be unveiled at a Tincaps game at Parkview Field on May 13, and on display for the public May 13-17.

The Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event, Play It Forward to Spark a Future, is Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm in Parkview Field’s Lincoln Financial Event Center. Tickets are $150 each, and go on sale March 27. Bids for the playhouses will be taken both at the event and remotely.

Proceeds from the annual event supports early education for young children. Since 2007, ECA has raised nearly $310,000 through the annual special event.

Playhouse Teams

Play it Forward playhouse sponsored by STAR Bank. Designed by MKM architecture + design (Fort Wayne). Contractor builder The Hagerman Group (Fort Wayne). To support the auction at Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event.

Parkview Health playhouse theme announced

Parkview Flight Team Design

The team behind Parkview Health’s custom-built playhouse announced its theme and handed approved designs over to the builders at Weigand Construction last week.

“Flight of Fancy” was inspired by the Parkview Health Samaritan helicopter. Young pilots can imagine they are taking to the skies from their own backyard.  Design Collaborative is the firm behind this creative playhouse.

 

Parkview Flight Team Design

Weigand Construction will be constructing the playhouse in advance of Early Childhood Alliance’s May 17 fundraising event, Play it Forward to Spark a Future.

Three custom-built playhouses will be featured auction items at the May 17 event.

The finished playhouses will be unveiled at a Tincaps game at Parkview Field on May 13, and on display for the public May 13-17.

The Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event, Play It Forward to Spark a Future, is Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm in Parkview Field’s Lincoln Financial Event Center. Tickets are $150 each, and go on sale March 27. Bids for the playhouses will be taken both at the event and remotely.

Proceeds from the annual event supports early education for young children. Since 2007, ECA has raised nearly $310,000 through the annual special event.

Playhouse Teams

Play it Forward playhouse sponsored by STAR Bank. Designed by MKM architecture + design (Fort Wayne). Contractor builder The Hagerman Group (Fort Wayne). To support the auction at Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event.

STAR Financial playhouse theme announced

The team behind STAR Financial’s custom-built playhouse announced its theme and handed approved designs over to the builders at The Hagerman Group.

#STARship is an inter-galactic space vessel prepared to blast children off on outer space adventures from their own backyard. MKM architecture + design is the firm behind this creative playhouse.

 

The Hagerman Group will be constructing the playhouse in advance of Early Childhood Alliance’s May 17 fundraising event, Play it Forward to Spark a Future.

Three custom-built playhouses will be featured auction items at the May 17 event.

The finished playhouses will be unveiled at a Tincaps game at Parkview Field on May 13, and on display for the public May 13-17.

The Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event, Play It Forward to Spark a Future, is Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm in Parkview Field’s Lincoln Financial Event Center. Tickets are $150 each, and go on sale March 27. Bids for the playhouses will be taken both at the event and remotely.

Proceeds from the annual event supports early education for young children. Since 2007, ECA has raised nearly $310,000 through the annual special event.

Playhouse Teams

Play it Forward playhouse sponsored by STAR Bank. Designed by MKM architecture + design (Fort Wayne). Contractor builder The Hagerman Group (Fort Wayne). To support the auction at Early Childhood Alliance fundraising event.

ECA Hires Teachers

Hannah Elliott has joined the staff of Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) as a teacher in a young Pre-K classroom at the Beacon Learning Center (2125 Beacon St.).

ECA’s Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St) welcomes Ashley Martin as a teacher in a Pre-K classroom. Also joining the Pre-K staff Downtown is Kathleen Pauquette.

ECA Staff Honored

Left: Madeleine Baker, CEO Right: Brenda Hughes, Downtown Teacher

Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) recognized the service anniversaries of nine employees at its annual staff retreat at the Public Safety Academy on February 20.

Honored were:

20 years – Sherry Janek
15 years – Madeleine Baker, Kathy Monesmith
10 years – Nan Malloy, Kemeisha Winborn, Nicole Wysong
5 years – Marc Goeglein, Brenda Hughes, Rosie Martin-James