ECCS receives $4500 grant from Main Street Foundation

ECCS accepts a $4,500 grant from the Main Street Community Foundation on Jan. 8. From left, Susan Dantino, Women and Girls' Fund Advisory Board Member; Dr. Mary Yuskis, Director, ECCS; and Jeanine Audette, Women and Girls' Fund Chairperson.

ECCS accepts a $4,500 grant from the Main Street Community Foundation on Jan. 8. From left, Susan Dantino, Women and Girls’ Fund Advisory Board Member; Dr. Mary Yuskis, Director, ECCS; and Jeanine Audette, Women and Girls’ Fund Chairperson.

The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS) was recently awarded a grant of $4,500 from the Women and Girls’ Fund of the Main Street Community Foundation. The grant will be used to support five Southington family childcare providers in their pursuit of family childcare accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC).

To date, only two family childcare providers providers have achieved this level of accreditation in Connecticut. When these five Southington providers are added to the list, Southington will lead the state in NAFCC accredited home-based childcares.

Advocating for high quality preschool and childcare is one of the primary goals of the ECCS. Having NAFCC accreditation will allow these providers to offer the highest level of childcare standards in their home-based childcare locations.

The ECCS is comprised of a group of committed educators, parents, childcare providers, healthcare providers, community leaders and business owners who are deeply invested in the growth, development and education of young children in the community of Southington.

The Main Street Community Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for both present and future generations in the communities served by encouraging and promoting gift planning, prudent stewardship of assets, effective grant making and community leadership. A nonprofit public charity, created by private citizens, the foundation works with donors who wish to build permanent charitable endowments to support the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott.

The Women and Girls’ Fund taps into the power of women to strengthen their communities by supporting programs for women and girls that focus on career planning, money management, finance, parenting, volunteerism, and healthy lifestyle choices.

For more information about the ECCS, visit their website at www.southingtonearlychildhood.org.

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