Archive for the "Child care" Category

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reducing Stress in Early Childhood Providers

Posted on February 14th, 2019

Updated March 13, 2019 The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) has launched an initiative to reduce stress in early childcare providers. Self-care is necessary to prevent burnout and to remain in an optimal state of well-being. Childcare providers face the combined pressures of caring for children, dealing with co-workers and parents, and meeting regulatory […]

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 […]

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

Updated 11/28/2017 This article has been replaced by an expanded version that discusses both part-day and full-day preschool options. View it here – http://www.southingtonearlychildhood.org/kindergarten-ready/preschool-options/.

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 […]

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 […]

Math Conceptual Development Kits for Southington Childcare Providers

Posted on September 13th, 2016

Thanks to support by the Southington Education Foundation, Math Conceptual Development kits have been purchased for every family day care provider, nursery school and child care center in Southington. These math kits were conceptualized and created as a partnership between the Southington Public Schools (SPS) Math Coordinator’s Office and the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington […]