Mona Livingston has joined the Early Childhood Alliance Child Care Resource and Referral staff as a Paths to QUALITY specialist. Her responsibilities include supporting programs that are participating in Paths to QUALITY, and connecting with community members and programs to build capacity, primarily in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall and Kosciusko Counties.
Paths to QUALITY is a voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs in Indiana. Paths to QUALITY is a tool that helps parents identify quality early care and education programs at four levels of progression. It also helps child care providers improve quality through professional development.
April 10-16 is Week of the Young Child™, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose is to recognize and celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers and families. Many programs across the country expand the week to the entire month of April with special events.
Saturday April 23, 2016 – 10am-12pm
Come join us in the Ivy Tech parking lot at the corner of Crescent Ave and Coliseum Blvd. as we explore many types of vehicles, up close! This event will allow children (and parents) to
see and touch many different kinds of ‘things that go’ and talk with their drivers.
Questions? Mary Musson, 260-480-4154
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Taking the Bite Out of Challenging Behaviors
Two sessions – – one for Parents/Primary Caregivers on Friday, April 15, 2016; and one for Early Childhood Professionals on Saturday, April 16, 2016 – – in Fort Wayne IN.
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Kate Bloom, teacher at Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) Beacon Street Learning Center, has been named a winner of the Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award for Indiana. The award recognizes the key role of teachers in providing quality early care and education. Bloom has been with ECA for six years.
Fifty teachers earned the recognition for their commitment and dedication to the children in their care. Sponsoring the awards is the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, an advocate for early child care professionals.
Early Childhood Alliance Board of Directors officers for 2016 are: President – Gretchen Shellabarger, community volunteer; Vice President – Dena Jacquay, Parkview Health; Secretary – JJ Lane Carol, Swiss Re; and Treasurer – Luke Sermersheim, BKD, LLP.
The board has also approved three-year terms on the Board for Mark Bloom, Beckman Lawson LLP, and Kristina Johnson, Lutheran Foundation.