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 in Fort Wayne.
Incorporated and joined the Fort Wayne Community Chest (United Way of Allen County)
Opened first child care center, located in public housing development for low income families.
Became Neighbors, Inc., to reflect broader services for older adults and families with young children.
Changed focus to child care
Renamed Child Care of Allen County, with four child care centers receiving government funds for low income families to attend.
Contracted with state social service (Title XX) to sponsor family day care.
Added Parents as Teachers and expanded training opportunities for professionals.
Became State Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agency for six counties.
Became Early Childhood Alliance to reflect wider range of services.
Learning Centers achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Built Downtown Learning Center after $2 million capital campaign.
Paths to QUALITY, a quality rating and improvement system for early education programs, created by a local partnership including ECA, was launched in Allen County.
Introduced Book Buddies early literacy program.
Paths to QUALITYTM was adopted by the State of Indiana.
Partnered with Parkview Health to manage Beacon Learning Center.
Four counties added for a total of 10 counties across northern Indiana.
Allen County is one of five Indiana counties chosen for a state-supported, pilot pre-k program, On My Way Pre-K; both of ECA’s Learning Centers participate, enrolling eligible 4-year-olds
A bright new logo and website to match launch
Administrative Offices move from 3320 Fairfield Ave to 3800 N Anthony Blvd, inside the Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus, to better serve clients across 10 northern Indiana counties
ECA Learning Centers become a site partner for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, providing access to free health care for children in need
New Learning Center support positions are created to enhance family and teacher support: Director of Early Learning Services, Manager of Birth to Three Services, and Family Advocate.