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2012 EC3 Auction: Big Prizes, Bigger Goal

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In less than one week, EC3 will hold it’s annual fundraising auction. I’m not even sure how many of these we’ve done, but it must be approaching twenty. What started as a simple event to bid out cute little art … Continue reading

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Lansing School Restructuring Means New Choices for Parents

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Most of EC3’s families live in Lansing, and many send their children to Lansing schools after EC3 graduation. This year, several changes are slated that will have a direct impact on the choices available for these families–a couple elementary schools … Continue reading

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Foster Grandparent Program Needs Volunteers

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EC3 has been partnering with the Foster Grandparent program for more than a year, and we love having “grandmas” in several classrooms to assist the teachers and engage with the children. The program is recruiting new volunteers to serve at … Continue reading

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Free Vision Screening for Infants

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The following is an editorial written by State Representative Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga). If you have questions about this commentary, please contact Rep. Byrum’s office by calling (517) 373-0587. Something that parents should consider adding to the schedule (in addition to … Continue reading

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The Audit, Part 2: or, Working Through the Department of Redundancy Department

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Remember the movie “Groundhog Day,” where Bill Murray’s character wakes up each day to find that it’s the same day over and over again? Welcome to my world. I’m sure it’s not unusual for a first-time audit to take longer than … Continue reading

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The Audit, Part 1

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This week at EC3, we are having our finances and financial practices audited. This is a standard practice for nonprofit organizations (and many for-profit ones as well), but EC3 has not undertaken one in more than ten years. So it’s noteworthy. … Continue reading

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Child-directed, imaginative play

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The winter edition of CONNECTions for a Great Start (the publication of Great Start, Michigan’s statewide initiative to foster success for young children) is all about creativity and imagination, which is essential to good development–intellectually, socially, and emotionally. EC3’s Patti … Continue reading

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Sniffle, sniffle, cough, cough…

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“How do you keep Helen so healthy? She’s never sick!” The mother of three young children was lamenting having to take one of them home with a fever–again–after it made the rounds in her household for the third time this … Continue reading

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New Year, New Look

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It’s taken a few months, but we’re finally getting the new EC3 website off the ground. Most organizations update their web presence from time to time, and EC3 hadn’t made any big revisions since 2007 or so (that’s forever in … Continue reading

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