ECA News

New Hires

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

Play It Forward features children’s playhouses

What child doesn’t want a playhouse in his/her back yard? Three custom-built playhouses will be featured auction items at the Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) fundraising event, Play It Forward to Spark a Future. The design, construction and corporate sponsors are launching the project on Thursday, February 2, with a ribbon cutting to begin the process.

Special guests on February 2 will be our generous playhouse sponsor teams cutting the ribbon along with pre-k students in hard hats and ECA leaders at ECA’s Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St, Fort Wayne) on February 2, at 10 am. 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 playhouses will be auctioned at ECA’s signature fundraising event, Play It Forward to Spark a Future, on May 17, 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 our annual fundraising event.

Playhouse Teams

Center Hosts Adopt-a-Classroom Dedication

Children and teachers in Room 7 are celebrating.  On Friday, January 27, a group of  3- to 5-year-olds will welcome The Luminous Fund, which is adopting the classroom with a $3,000 grant in support of room improvements, sliding scale tuition, and professional development. Unveiling the dedication plaque and sharing breakfast with the preschoolers will be Kathy Carrier, Foundation Secretary and President of Briljent. The celebration is set for 9:30 am, at Early Childhood Alliance’s Downtown Learning Center (516 E Wayne St).

“My husband and I established it [The Luminous Fund] in 2016 to continue to build a foundation of service within our family and our business,” said Carrier. “We are proud of our success and what we are able to do to serve others.” Through this foundation, the Carrier and Odum families make significant donations in the communities in which Briljent operates.

ECA Hires Quality Improvement Coach

Carrie Murphy has joined the staff of Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) as Quality Improvement Coach for the 10 northern Indiana counties that ECA serves. In her position, she will work one-on-one with family child care homes in making quality improvements to enhance child care and early education. Along with recruiting new providers, she will work with new and current providers in obtaining certification, enrolling in Paths to QUALITYTM and/or moving to higher levels of Paths to QUALITYTM, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system.

This position was funded by Partnerships for Early Learners, a project of Early Learning Indiana, and is funded through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment.