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2018 Kindergarten Readiness Workshops

Posted on October 30th, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 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 2019. Learn more about the Kindergarten options, registration process and schedule. Unsure when to register your child for preschool or kindergarten?  Check […]

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, […]

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 […]