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Over $300,000 in Grants Awarded to Southington Nonprofits

Posted on January 3rd, 2024

“Main Street Community Foundation (MSCF) has recently awarded a total of $301,983 in grants from the Bradley Henry Barnes and Leila Upson Barnes Memorial Trust to organizations that improve the health outcomes of Southington residents, especially in the priority areas of behavioral health, healthcare needs for an aging population, as well as healthy initiatives and […]

2023 Year in Review

Posted on December 27th, 2023

Thanks to everyone who supported or talked to the Early Childhood Collaborative in 2023. Here is a video of our year in review. Click on the full screen icon in the lower right corner of the graphic for the best viewing option.

Community Cafe

Posted on November 13th, 2023

On November 9th, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington hosted a Community Cafe to discuss how to identify and support Southington’s young children with disabilities or developmental concerns. In addition to parents, participants from the SPARKLER, Southington School District and a local SEPTA group also attended. The goals were to: – Educate parents about the […]

2023 State of Early Childhood in Southington

Posted on June 8th, 2023

On June 7, 2023, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington hosted their annual “State of Early Childhood in Southington” presentation and breakfast. Thirty-two people attended representing the Southington Public School district, elected officials, businesses, non-profit organizations, funders, ECCS board members, childcare providers, healthcare, Parent Ambassadors and other parents. Joanne Kelleher, Executive Director of the ECCS, […]

State of Early Childhood in Southington 2022

Posted on June 1st, 2022

On June 1, 2022, the ECCS hosted their annual “State of Early Childhood in Southington” presentation and breakfast. Over 30 people attended representing the Southington Public School district, elected officials, businesses, non-profit organizations, funders, board members, childcare providers, healthcare and parents. The focus of the meeting was to discuss parent engagement and the results of […]

Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Receives Funding from Stocker Foundation

Posted on May 13th, 2022

This press release was issued May 12, 2022. Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Receives Funding from Stocker Foundation The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) recently received funding from The Stocker Foundation. This grant supports the ECCS’ Developing Early Literacy and Kindergarten Readiness in Southington’s Young Children program during the 2022-2023 school year. The initiatives […]

ECCS Testimony to State Legislature 2-25-2022

Posted on March 1st, 2022

On February 25, 2022, Joanne Kelleher, Director of Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, submitted this testimony to members of the State legislature on SB 2 AN ACT EXPANDING PRESCHOOL AND MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN. Learn more about this bill on the CT General Assembly site. You can read a summary of the testimony […]

James G. Williamson Memorial Scholarship

Posted on February 24th, 2022

For our 15th anniversary with the The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington is honoring the memory of Jim Williamson with a scholarship. Jim, the former CFGNB President, was a Southington resident who strongly supported early childhood education and the ECCS. Interested students should complete the SHS Common Application […]

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. […]