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Valuing Child Care Workers

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This article was published in Barron’s on September 10, 2021 The pandemic has brought a welcome and long-overdue focus on child care as the bedrock component of a functioning economy and an essential service to support working families. Yet the … Continue reading

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The current state of child care and what can be done

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Recently, EC3’s CEO, Elisabeth Tobia, went on a virtual media tour to discuss the current state of child care amid the pandemic and the importance of prioritizing child care in order to revitalize the nation’s economy. During interviews with Morning … Continue reading

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Why EC3 Fundraising is So Hard—and This Year’s Auction So Critical

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Fundraising at EC3 has never been easy, for several reasons. First, although we’re a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we haven’t been very good at serving the community-at-large. Our core competency—early learning and child care—is something that must be done on-site; we can’t … Continue reading

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

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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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Community-Building Saturday at EC3

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Here’s a list of OUTDOOR tasks for this Saturday’s (May 17th) volunteer efforts at EC3, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Dig a new trench from the parking lot space-that-always-floods to the playground fence. (Please bring shovels.) Rake and bag leaves … Continue reading

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Volunteer Opportunities at EC3

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There are many ways to be active within the EC3 community. Since we’re a family cooperative organization, we rely on our families to support us in more ways than just paying tuition. We need help with things around the building … Continue reading

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Raising Funds–and the Roof–at EC3

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If you’ve been holding back on contributing to EC3’s Building Blocks Campaign, it’s time to buy a brick. Our roof is leaking in several places and it has been repaired as much as possible; now it must be replaced. I’m … Continue reading

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The Race Car Problem

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I’ve been reading a book of essays by teacher and poet Taylor Mali, called What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. He’s got a lot to say about education and the people involved in it–which … Continue reading

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Spirit Day at EC3

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To celebrate our anticipation of tomorrow’s big football rivalry, EC3’s staff members dress up in team colors. We decorate our hallways and rooms. We sing fight songs–and play them on the PA system! But of course, we still keep to … Continue reading

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