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Early Childhood Education Alliance

ECEA has contributed to an increased awareness of quality childcare in the Alliance city through their partnerships with the Alliance YMCA, Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center, First Baptist Preschool, Union Avenue Preschool, Alliance Head Start, and Carnation Child Care Center. In August 2006, the Alliance community had one center out of six that had received a star rating through Ohio's quality rating system (Step-Up to Quality).

Today, Alliance has five out of six centers that are star-rated and the sixth center has recently applied for their first star. Alliance has three sites that have received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children: Alliance Early Learning School, Alliance Head Start, and the Stuckey Family Interfaith Child Development Center which has 3 STARS, the only one in Stark County. Furthermore, Alliance has providers who are accredited through the National Association for Child Care: Callie Wilson and Tracey Dalo.

Since 2006, ECEA has levied over one million dollars in support for early education and care in the Alliance community. These are new dollars that have been used to specifically support young children, their families, and those who teach and care for them.

Early Childhood Education Alliance Executive Director Joe French stated, "If we invest in programs that promote learning beginning at birth, the statistics will change, the stories will change, the future will change. Together, the Greater Alliance Foundation and the Early Childhood Education Alliance are impacting the community and creating a positive change in the lives of our youngest citizens."

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