Our History 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. Pre 1960s1960s1970s1980s1990s2000s2010sPre 1960s1941Westside Neighborhood Center formed in Fort Wayne. 1953 Incorporated and joined the Fort Wayne Community Chest (United Way of Allen County) 1957Opened first child care center, located in public housing development for low income families.1960s1963Became Neighbors, Inc., to reflect broader services for older adults and families with young children. 1969Changed focus to child care1970s1971Renamed Child Care of Allen County, with four child care centers receiving government funds for low income families to attend. 1979Became sponsor for Federal Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).1980s1988Contracted with state social service (Title XX) to sponsor family day care.1990s ThroughoutAdded Parents as Teachers and expanded training opportunities for professionals. 1992Became State Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Agency for six counties. 1997Became Early Childhood Alliance to reflect wider range of services. 1998Learning Centers achieved accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.2000s2000Built Downtown Learning Center after $2 million capital campaign.2000Paths to QUALITY, a quality rating and improvement system for early education programs, created by a local partnership including ECA, was launched in Allen County. 2003Introduced Book Buddies early literacy program. 2008Paths to QUALITYTM was adopted by the State of Indiana.2010s2010Partnered with Parkview Health to manage Beacon Learning Center. 2012Four counties added for a total of 10 counties across northern Indiana. 2014-15Allen 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 2015A bright new logo and website to match launch 2018Administrative 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 counties2018ECA Learning Centers become a site partner for the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, providing access to free health care for children in need 2019New 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.