Early Childhood Collaboration
Nearly 40 community leaders have joined The Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) to ensure that all young children and their caregivers have healthy relationships, safe environments, and high-quality learning experiences in order to reach their full potential. ECA advocates for and coordinates comprehensive community-based supports for young children and their caregivers to promote equity and honor strengths and diversity.
Professional Learning Experiences
Together, we offer trauma-informed training sessions for community leaders. Training is available to board members of Niles Township municipalities, public safety responders, park district and public library staff, as well as private child care providers, teachers and parents in Niles Township. The purpose of these Professional Learning Experiences is to raise awareness and provide context for organizations to view their policies, procedures, and programs through a trauma-informed lens.
Resources for Families
ECA, in partnership with LAN 41, manages and distributes wraparound funds to meet immediate needs of families. Priority is given to families with children from Niles Township birth to age 8 and either in DCFS care, or identified as vulnerable or at-risk. The purpose is to address gaps in resources and services such as housing/utility costs, opportunities for child enrichment and supervision, such as quality child care or afterschool opportunities.
Resources for Children and Families
The Early Childhood Alliance, in partnership with LAN 41, is dedicated to supporting children and families. Our collaborative work spotlights early care and education. Our partners work together to ensure children birth to age eight in Niles Township receive the strongest possible start to life so they grow up safe, healthy, happy, ready to succeed, and eager to learn. Together, we connect children, caregivers and community members with important resources they need to thrive.
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