ECCS at the 2018 NAFCC Conference

Posted on June 29th, 2018

Human relationships are primary in all of living. When the gusty winds blow and shake our lives, if we know that people care about us, we may bend with the wind but we won’t break. – Fred Rogers This quote was shared during the opening Keynote at the 2018 National Association of Childcare Providers conference […]

Early Childhood in Southington 2018

Posted on May 15th, 2018

On Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018 the ECCS presented their annual “Early Childhood in Southington” update to the community. David Obedzinski, President of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain discussed the CFGNB’s First Years First program which provides support to the ECCS and the impact it has had on the community. View his presentation […]

Developing Fine Motor Skills for Kindergarten 2018

Posted on May 5th, 2018

On April 26, 2018, the ECCS hosted their second Developing Fine  Motor Skills for Kindergarten workshop. The speaker was Sue Spatafore, an Occupational Therapist for the Southington Public Schools. Fine motor skills for kindergarten are required to accomplish a variety of activities including writing, artwork and cutting with scissors. When children don’t have the muscle […]

Brain Growth, Pretend Play and the Outdoors

Posted on March 21st, 2018

On March 15, 2018, we hosted a workshop called Pretend Play, Brain Growth and the Outdoors. View the introduction slides from Joanne Kelleher, Director of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. UPDATED: View the workshop slides from Erin Akers, M.Ed., Director of Education and Development, at the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Yale University. Note […]

How to Advocate

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

Are you passionate about issues around young children? We are too. Advocacy is one of the three focus areas of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington. But sometimes it is hard to know what to do, how to help and if it will make a difference. On January 17, 2018, the ECCS hosted a free […]

ECCS Presents at Southington Board of Education Meeting

Posted on January 26th, 2018

Joanne Kelleher, director of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, made a brief presentation to the Southington Board of Education on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She provided an overview of the work of the organization and their current funding, presented statistics on the number of young children in town and the number of child care […]

2017 Kindergarten Readiness Workshops

Posted on October 25th, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Kindergarten Readiness Workshops to learn about the skills 3 and 4 year olds should be working on to prepare for kindergarten in the Fall of 2018. Here are copies of the presentation materials: Development Skills – 10/25/17 K readiness intro slides 10-25-2017 ECC K Readiness workshop Development […]

ECCS Receives Funding From Petit Family Foundation

Posted on October 18th, 2017

Press Release The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) recently received a $14,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation. This grant supports the outreach efforts of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington and a portion of its annual operational expenses. It also provides funding for an educational workshop for parents, childcare providers and the community […]

ECCS Receives Funding From Barnes Memorial Trust 

Posted on September 29th, 2017

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) recently received funding through the Southington Community Well-Being Grant Initiative from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation. This grant supports five ECCS projects that focus on the overall well-being, health and betterment of over 5,100 youth age 0 […]

New CT Car Seat Regulations

Posted on September 15th, 2017

Effective October 1, 2017, new car seat regulations and child passenger safety laws will be implemented in Connecticut. The new regulations list an age and weight, the child must meet both requirements. • Infants must remain rear-facing until they are a minimum of 2 years old AND 30 pounds. This is an increase of 1 […]