Our vision is of a welcoming community for families and professionals that provides comprehensive resources and support for the healthy growth and development of our children.
The Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) is dedicated to promoting and supporting the healthy growth and development of young children prenatal through age 8 by strengthening families and advocating for high quality learning experiences.
The Alliance fulfills its mission by ensuring access to:
- Early learning experiences for children prenatal through age 8
- School Readiness
- Early Childhood Resources and Information
- Family Support and Education
- Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
- Community Advocacy of Early Childhood Issues
- Transition supports from home to school, early intervention, preschool, kindergarten, special education, and out-of -school time
- Leadership Opportunities
What We Do
- Play, Learn, and Grow Together – an hour spent building your child’s social skills and language development through play, songs, and stories.
- Read Together – An opportunity to learn English through play and children’s stories.
- Music & Movement Together – a movement class experience to get you and your children moving, stretching and exercising.
- Let's Go to Kindergarten - a micro school readiness experience for 4 and 5 year olds who are without a full time preschool experience.
- Dads & Donuts – a story time to meet other parents with young children held on the 1st Saturday of the Month.
- All groups are for both child and parent/caregiver.
Family Support & Education
- ParentChild+ Home Program – an early literacy home visitation program for families with children ages 18 months – 3 years old.
- Family Education "Passport to Parenting" Workshops - presented by a child development facilitator on topics such as child development, language & literacy, transitioning to new school, etc. Child activity provided while parents attend workshop.
- "Hot Topic" Play, Learn & Grow Together - a special group discussion time for parents while their child goes off to another room to engage in early learning activities.
- Help Me Grow Project - an opportunity to ask questions about how your child is growing and learning with a Help Me Grow educator. Everyone who participates will receive learning activities that you and your child can do together at home.
- Parents Helping Parents Support Groups – a place to talk about your parenting and family stresses with other parents and caregivers. Meetings held every Monday at 6:30 p.m. One in English and one in Portuguese. Childcare provided!
Resource and Referrals
- Transition Support – connecting your family to early intervention, preschool, kindergarten, special education, and out-of-school time.
- KinderWait Entry – assistance in accessing financial assistance for child care
- Resource Guide for Early Childhood – inside this booklet you will find information on choosing child care, child care programs and preschools, preparing your child for Kindergarten, and helpful community resources.
- ECAF Leadership Council - Parents, community organization representatives, and early childhood educators meet to discuss program initiatives and set the direction for ECAF activities.
- Action Team Involvement – Members participate on defining tasks for specific program activities such as community outreach, volunteer recruitment, marketing, and fundraising.
The Family and Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is a program initiative to encourage the early childhood community to build collaboration and to streamline programs that naturally work well together.
In 1993, the Community Partnership for Children (CPC) council was established. Through this partnership the roots were formed in addressing the mission of providing leadership at the local level to promote quality early learning experiences for young children and their families. Through the CFCE EEC grant funding received in 2015, the ECAF assisted the MetroWest YMCA in establishing another CFCE Site in Ashland. In July 2017, that program was since expanded to Holliston and Hopkinton and is known as Project ABC.
Collaborating partners include: the Framingham Public Schools, early childhood program providers and educators, community agencies, advocacy organizations and families.