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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