ECA News

Paths to QUALITY Specialist Joins ECA

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.

Steppin’ Out to Spark a Future

A lively auction of Mexican holidays, Colts football, and specialty dinners were among the items that helped Early Childhood Alliance raise more than $76,000 at its May fundraiser, Steppin’ Out to Spark a Future for Children. More than 150 guests were treated to live music, fine food and sunset views atop the Embassy Theatre in support of high quality care and education for children.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support ECA’s family engagement programs as well as increase family access to affordable, quality early learning and child care at Early Childhood Alliance’s two learning centers where a majority of families enrolled depend on tuition assistance.

Event chair was Jill Kinder, community volunteer.

See more about this special event here.

Event Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

Rick and Vicki James

Family Champions

Educator Champions

Dulin Ward & DeWald
NIPSCO
Old National Bank
Parkview Physicians Group
PHP
Sweetwater
Travel Leaders
Vera Bradley

Additional Sponsors

BKD
Briljent
Fort Wayne Metals
Hylant Group
Ian & Mimi Rolland Foundation
Salin Bank
STAR Financial
Three Rivers Federal Credit Union
Ron & Kathy Turpin

ECA Hires Specialist

Shelly Meredith is now the Infant/Toddler Specialist at Early Childhood Alliance (ECA). In her new position, she will work with families of infants and toddlers, responding to questions and assisting with the search for child care. Meredith will also provide technical assistance and on-site training on topics related to infant/toddler care and child development for both early childhood professionals caring for infants and toddlers and organizations that work with families.

Meredith has been with ECA for four years as a classroom teacher at the Learning Center on Beacon Street. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Ball State University.

Check out our new wheels

Be on the lookout for ECA’s new van, delivering programs and services across 10 counties of northern Indiana. The van is used to transport both materials for Book Buddies and Learning Kits to early childhood programs, and also for staff/Board member use to make program visits and attend meetings/events. Book Buddies is an on-going, early learning program for families offered at several libraries and other locations. Learning Kits with books, hands-on learning materials, and teacher resources are used to enhance learning environments. They are available to be checked out for FREE to all programs enrolled in Paths to QUALITYTM, Indiana’s quality rating and improvement system. Visit our Family Events Calendar for the Book Buddies schedule.

We wish to thank these generous sponsors

Special Events Celebrate Month of the Young Child

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.

Touch-a-Truck 2016

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

View the flyer

Bloom Is Indiana Award Winner

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.

Board elects officers

Gretchen Shellabarger

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.