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October, 2022
Founder and President of Acclaimed Roots of Empathy Program Visits Niagara

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) was delighted to host Mary Gordon, internationally respected author, founder, and president of the acclaimed Roots of Empathy program on October 24th, alongside partners from the Niagara Catholic District School Board (Niagara Catholic) and the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN). The professional collaboration took place at the ECCDC Conference Centre in Thorold and was a unique learning opportunity for Child and Youth Workers, Mental Health Leads, and administration from both boards to explore a variety of topics to support them in their important roles, offer opportunities to develop new strategies, and time to foster relationships with peers.
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October, 2022
Van-tastic: Niagara Kiwanis Clubs Help Childhood Centre Get New Wheels

Community van increases access to valuable resources.
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September, 2022
Kiwanis Sponsorship Will Support Niagara’s Early Learning Programs in Having Greater Access to Curriculum Resources, Classroom Equipment, and Organizational Supports

The Early Childhood Community Development (ECCDC) is grateful to be the recipient of a four-year financial commitment of close to $50,000 from the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara. The sponsorship will increase the ECCDC’s ability to support Niagara’s early learning programs in having greater access to pedagogical materials, classroom equipment, and organizational supports through the availability of a community outreach van.
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September, 2022
Kiwanis Club Sponsored Project Provides Niagara’s Licensed Child Care Programs with Innovative Infant and Toddler Resources

More than 170 Early Learning Programs received fully subsidized training and a treasure basket kit between April 5 2022 and June 30 2022 at the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC). The project was coordinated by the ECCDC, in close partnership with the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara, including: The Stamford Kiwanis Club, Welland Kiwanis Club, and St. Catharines Kiwanis Club. This project was made possible by more than $20,000 donated by the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara.
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July, 2022
OTF Helps ECCDC Improve Online Resources for Early Childhood Educators

In 2021, the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC), a charitable organization based in Thorold, received a $68,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant project, which concluded this spring, has allowed ECCDC to improve the affordability and accessibility of online training, resources, and supports for early childhood educators in Niagara and across Ontario.

“I’m very pleased that the Early Childhood Community Development Centre was successful in obtaining this grant,” said Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch. “Early Childhood Educators are integral to the growth of healthy families in our community. It’s important that those educators are able to keep up with the latest information to augment their skills. This grant ensured that could happen, despite the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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June, 2022
Kiwanis Sponsorship Will Support Niagara’s Early Learning Programs in Having Greater Access to Curriculum Resources, Classroom Equipment, and Organizational Supports

The Early Childhood Community Development (ECCDC) is grateful to be the recipient of a four-year financial commitment of close to $50,000 from the Kiwanis Clubs of Niagara. The sponsorship will increase the ECCDC’s ability to support Niagara’s early learning programs in having greater access to pedagogical materials, classroom equipment, and organizational supports through the availability of a community outreach van.

The community outreach van will be utilized to deliver resources from the ECCDC’s Resource Lending Library, located in Thorold, to over 170 licensed child care programs throughout the Niagara Region.
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May, 2022
Early Childhood Community Development Centre and Niagara College Partner on Accelerated Early Childhood Education Program to Support Niagara’s Educators in Upgrading Credentials and Skills

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) and Niagara College (NC) have received close to $2 million in funding through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development to design and deliver an accelerated Early Childhood Education diploma program for educators currently employed within Niagara’s early learning programs.

The Skills Development funding will enable 100 educators currently working within licensed child care programs and EarlyON programs to participate in a year-long program through NC, while maintaining their current employment.
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April, 2022
Treasure Baskets Video, Cogeco

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