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. View the workshop slides from Erin Akers, M.Ed., Director of Education and Development, at the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Yale University. These resources […]

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 […]

Southington Family Child Care Providers Receiving Music and Movement Training and Resources Through Grant from Women & Girls’ Fund to ECCS

Posted on September 13th, 2017

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) is offering music and movement training and related educational resources to interested licensed Family Childcare (FCC) providers in town through a grant from the Women & Girls’ Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation. The ECCS is working with Infinity Music Therapy Services of Southington, CT to organize […]

Domestic Violence 101 and its Impact on Young Children

Posted on July 6th, 2017

I recently attended a workshop on Childhood Trauma which discussed the Adverse Childhood Experiences study called How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime. This ACES study was also discussed at a workshop called “Domestic Violence 101 and its Impact on Young Children“, which was presented by the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington and Tyshaunda Wiley, MPH, […]

Grant for 2017-2018 Kindergarten Readiness Initiatives

Posted on June 30th, 2017

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington has received funding for our 2017-2018 Kindergarten Readiness program for Southington children thanks to a new grant from Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Fuller & Myrtle Barnes Fund for Education at the Main Street Community Foundation. This initiative includes support of kindergarten readiness workshops, kindergarten registration promotion, […]