2021 Funders

Posted on November 9th, 2021

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington appreciates the foundations who are support the non-profits in our community. In 2021, the ECCS has received funding from these organizations: Community Foundation of Greater New Britain Awarded in September 2021 – First Years First grant for continued support: staffing, infrastructure, insurance, software licensing, conference and event fees, office and […]

Staff shortages

Posted on September 7th, 2021

Are you having issues finding childcare? Part of the reason why is that the childcare providers don’t have enough staff. They have empty classrooms they can’t fill and waiting lists. The ECCS Director was interviewed by the Record Journal for this 8/30/21 article, Area child care centers start school year dealing with COVID, staff shortages. […]

How to Advocate

Posted on June 18th, 2021

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. Presentations On June 16, 2021, Merrill Gay, Executive Director […]

2021 ECCS State of Early Childhood in Southington presentation

Posted on May 27th, 2021

On Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021 the ECCS presented their annual “Early Childhood in Southington” update to the community. Joanne Kelleher, Director of the ECCS, gave an overview of youth demographics, an update on the ECCS strategic plan, the impacts of the pandemic, the growing shortage in childcare/preschool slots, and other trends faced by the […]

RULER Emotional Intelligence Webinar

Posted on March 16th, 2021

The Southington Public School District is implementing RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) based out of Yale University, that teaches emotional intelligence to people of all ages, with the goal of creating a healthier, more equitable, innovative, and compassionate society. In March 2021, the ECCS and SPS presented a RULER Emotional Intelligence […]

No Small Matter

Posted on December 1st, 2020

A Follow up to the Viewing and Discussion of the Acclaimed Documentary In November 2020, our community had the opportunity to view the acclaimed documentary “No Small Matter” and then be part of the follow-up discussion.  Here are some of the facts shared in the movie and comments from our discussion. The discussion groups were given three […]

2020 Funders

Posted on November 13th, 2020

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington appreciates the foundations who are support the non-profits in our community. In this time of COVID-19, this support is more important then ever. Since June 2020, the ECCS has received funding from these organizations: Community Foundation of Greater New Britain – COVID-19 Mini grant for technology and communications. Bradley […]

Supporting Mental Health Upon Return to School During Covid-19

Posted on July 1st, 2020

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington hosted this presentation for the childcare providers in town. Supporting Children’s,  Families’ and Staff’s Mental Health Upon Return to School During Covid-19 Presented: June 25, 2020 via Zoom (apologies for the sound quality during portions of the presentation.) Presenter: Julie Condit, Early Childhood Consultant, Early Childhood Consultation Partnership at […]

Online Educational Resources

Posted on March 18th, 2020

Update 11/13/2020 So you are home with your children and need to keep them entertained and educated. This page has information on online learning, virtual museum and zoo tours, online classes and what some local organizations are doing. The information will be updated and we will continue to share new finds on our social media pages. […]

COVID-19 and Children

Posted on March 18th, 2020

Updated 11/9/2021 Wash your hands, stay home if you are sick, and abide by physical distancing is all good advice during a pandemic but how do you really do that with children at home especially if you need to work? This page has information on health, childcare, supporting children, food, and financial assistance. The ECCS […]