Category Archives: EC3 Biz

Decision-Making in Early Learning: An Open Letter to Leaders, and to Parents and Staff of Child Care Centers and Homes

Posted on by Elisabeth Tobia

Leadership is hard in the best of times, and it is made more difficult in ambiguous times. Ambiguity begs us to move, to take action, to reach for anything that promises “different,” because the “different” removes us from present discomfort. Decisions … Continue reading

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Rekindling the Team Flame

Posted on by Elisabeth Tobia

I once knew a set of co-teachers who were much like an old married couple. They had been teaching together so long, they finished one another’s sentences and intuitively knew when to come to the rescue of the other when … Continue reading

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Calling All Green Thumbs! (Brown Ones, Too!)

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This Saturday (10/13) is EC3’s monthly “volunteer Saturday,” where we gather parents, staff, neighbors, and friends of EC3 to work on a task together. This collaboration allows us to grow our friendships while fostering a sense of community; it also … Continue reading

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Gym Floor Refinishing: Day 3

Posted on by Elisabeth Tobia

They’ve got the first two coats of finish down, and already it looks fantastic! Here are some close-ups: And horizontal: They even repaired some of the boards near the drinking fountain: Today they’re painting the basketball/volleyball lines, which will take … Continue reading

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Gym Floor Refinishing: Day 2

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They’ve finished the sanding and are getting ready to put on the first coat of sealer. See how different it looks already! After two coats of sealer, the basketball/volleyball lines will be painted back on and allowed to dry for … Continue reading

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Gymnasium Zamboni

Posted on by Elisabeth Tobia

Last spring, at EC3’s annual fundraising auction, we did a “reverse auction” to raise additional funds for improvements that might not be feasible using tuition funds. (Being a responsible nonprofit organization, we try hard to take in only what we … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Elisabeth Tobia

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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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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