December, 2023
ECCDC Participates in Thorold Santa Claus Parade

Members of the ECCDC Staff Team and Kiwanis Clubs' Young Children Priority First committee particpate in the parade.
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December, 2023
Accelerated ECE Team, Alumna Recognized with Awards of Excellence

Niagara College's Early Childhood Education (ECE) program team was recently recognized by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) at the Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence celebration, held on November 23 at Club Roma in St. Catharines.
Click here to view article on Niagara College Canada website.

November, 2023
Celebrating Niagara's Early Learning & Child Care Professionals at the 2023 Awards of Excellence

This very special annual event was coordinated by the Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC) on November 23, 2023. Eighty-nine early learning professionals, programs, volunteers, and students received recognition at the Niagara Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence celebration at Club Roma in St. Catharines, with event host Aiko Iwashita of Niagara's Move 105.7.

More than four hundred and sixty guests attended the celebration, sponsored by Louise Kool & Galt, Canada's leading suppliers of classroom resources and equipment. Nine local organizations also supported the event, including: Mountainview Building Group, District School Board of Niagara, YMCA of Niagara, A Child's World Family Child Care Services, Niagara Catholic District School Board, Frontier Distributing, Beam Construction, Steele Contracting Inc., and Beatties. The ECCDC is also grateful to the many community partners who sponsor awards, and other local businesses who contributed items to the silent auction fundraiser. This year's gala also highlighted the 30th Anniversary of the ECCDC, with special highlights and presentations offered throughout the evening.
Click here for full post-event media release.

November, 2023
Niagara's Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence: Longstanding Celebration to Recognize Excellence in Early Learning

Niagara's annual Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence, hosted by local charity Early Childhood Community Development Centre (ECCDC), takes place on Thursday November 23, 2023 at Club Roma, St. Catharines. In addition to recognizing the dedication and commitment of dozens of early childhood educators and administrators of local early learning and child care programs, students and volunteers, this year's event also commemorates the ECCDC's 30th Anniversary.
Click here for full Media Release.

November, 2023
ECCDC Podcasts Now Available for Streaming on Spotify and Apple Podcasts!

Click here to listen to any ECCDC podcast directly from our website or through your preferred platform. 

November, 2023
ECCDC Executive Director Nominated for Niagara Women in Business Award

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) announces finalists for its 13 categories of Women in Business Awards. Lorrey Arial Bonilla, the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Community Centre is nominated in the Excellence in the Not-for-Profit Sector Award.
Click here for full article in the St. Catharines Standard.

October, 2023
Accelerated Early Childhood Education Program Funding

The Early Childhood Community Development Centre and Niagara College partnered once again to apply for funding through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development for a new release of Skills Development Funding (SDF) to deliver a second round of the Accelerated Early Childhood Education Program through Niagara College. Our agencies remain committed to supporting Niagara's child care communtiy in continuing to look for strategies for addressing the shortage of Registered Early Childhood Educators. To support the application process, ECCDC and Niagara College requested child care agencies, EarlyON teams, and community partners to provide letters of support.

October, 2023
ECCDC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Board and Staff Team of the Early Childhood Community Development Centre are thrilled to announce the beginning of our 30th Anniversary Celebrations!
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June, 2023
Niagara Licensed Child Care Supply Staff Registry Launched

The Niagara Licensed Child Care Supply Staff Registry in Grimsby was officially launched on June 15th. This is a unique opportunity for Registered Early Childhood Educators who are looking to work within a variety of licensed child care programs in Grimsby.

Visit our website for full details.

May, 2023
New Hire Tuition Reimbursement Grant

Niagara Region Children's Services announces New Hire Tuition Reimbursement Grant. Funded through Niagara Region and coordinated by the ECCDC, the grant is being provided to recent graduates of the Early Childhood Educator program at Niagara College as a recruitment and retention strategy to attract and retain RECEs that graduated from the Niagara College Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Program in 2023.

To learn about eligibility and other details or to apply, visit the Tuition Reimbursement Grant area of our website.
Click here to read information sent to early learning community on behalf of Niagara Region Children's Services.

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