The State of Early Childhood in Southington

Posted on May 31st, 2017

On May 16, 2017, the ECCS gave a presentation called “The State of Early Childhood in Southington” as part of their annual meeting. Over 25 educators and community leaders attended and the 2017-2018 ECCS Board of Directors were elected. The presentation compared birth rates, childcare slots, the number of children who have had a pre-school […]

Developing Fine Motor Skills for Kindergarten

Posted on April 26th, 2017

In meeting with the Southington elementary school principals, they said one of the largest issues they are seeing with incoming kindergarten students is a decline, over the last several years, in fine motor skills. This could be due to the increased use of electronic devices and a decline in traditional childhood play activities. As a […]

Brain Development in Early Childhood

Posted on March 31st, 2017

On March 22, 2017, the ECCS hosted a workshop called “Early Childhood Brain Development – What Does the Research Tell Us?” It was presented by Allison Logan, the Early Childhood Project Manager of United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (and a Southington resident). You can view the presentation slides here. Allison discussed that we know […]

Volunteer for Child Development Research

Posted on February 28th, 2017

Are you looking for a new activity to do with your child? Interested in helping advance scientific research? Consider volunteering for child development research with UConn KIDS. Started in 2014, UConn KIDS (or Kids in Developmental Science) is a group of researchers from across many departments at the University of Connecticut that specializing in child […]

A Tale of Two Southingtons – Early Childhood Statistics

Posted on January 19th, 2017

Some of Southington’s State Legislators held a Town Hall meeting last night and Joanne Kelleher, the ECCS Director, was there representing the town’s young children. She gave a brief presentation that highlighted the demographics of the town from an early childhood perspective and asked for support of early childhood issues. Here is a more information […]

Preschool Experience Options – Partial Day Preschools

Posted on December 29th, 2016

During the kindergarten registration process parents are asked about any “preschool experiences” the child may have had. This could include a part-time preschool/nursery school, an all-day child-care program with a pre-school curriculum or shorter classes/programs that the child attends. This ECCS article explores traditional preschool/nursery schools available in Southington. Updated 5/31/2017 Each of these preschool/nursery […]

Southington Children, Families Benefit as Community Foundation Awards More than $230,000 in Year-End Grants

Posted on December 21st, 2016

Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Among Major Awardees The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington has been awarded up to $30,000 in grant dollars by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to support staffing, infrastructure and expenses associated with implementation of the Community Plan for Southington’s Young Children. The grant award, from the Foundation’s First […]

Connecticut 2-1-1 Childcare

Posted on November 23rd, 2016

Connecticut 2-1-1 Child Care is a free, confidential, and statewide service which helps match the requests of parents and child care providers with programs. Available Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Dial 211 or 1-800-505-100 or go to www.211childcare.org. Parent resources on their website include: Children’s Growth and Development IDEA Individuals with Disabilities […]

Connecticut Child Development Infoline

Posted on November 4th, 2016

The Connecticut Child Development Infoline supports children’s healthy growth and development, starting from pregnancy. They provide services related to: Child development screening and questions In-home support Developmental delays and disabilities Special Education Special health needs Dial 211 or 800-505-7000 cdi.211ct.org

CMV Risks – Cytomegalovirus Is a Greater Threat to Infants Than Zika, but Far Less Often Discussed

Posted on October 31st, 2016

Cytomegalovirus or CMV, is a common virus that infects people of all ages. In the United States, nearly one in three children are already infected with CMV by age 5 years. Over half of adults by age 40 have been infected with CMV. Once CMV is in a person’s body, it stays there for life […]