© Early Childhood Connections 2020

Welcome

ECC Mission Statement

To enrich the lives of children by working with the adults who affect their lives - parents, caregivers and educators.

Program History

Early Childhood Connections is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in the summer of 1995 to offer a variety of services that provide support and education to childcare providers, teachers and parents involved in the care of children.

Service Area

ECC serves 13 counties in Western South Dakota, including the communities of Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Buffalo, Custer, Hot Springs, Lemmon, Pine Ridge, Kadoka, Martin, Phillip and Dupree.

Stay Up-to-Date with ECC

ECC has a Facebook page that is regularly updated with information on community events, training opportunities, class cancellation information, changes and more. Follow us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/earlychildhoodconnections

Planning to attend

Pyramid Model Classes

with ECC?

Students signing up for Pyramid Model classes will be expected to have read at least one of these articles prior to taking classes so that they have a basic understanding of the Pyramid Model: -The Pyramid Model Fact Sheet -The Pyramid Model - A Model for Supporting Social Competence -Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Download the Articles Here
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Reopening or Remaining Open

During COVID-19

Early Childhood Connections would like to assist child care programs with any questions or concerns they have upon reopening or remaining open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the CDC guidelines via the link below to obtain guidance on cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures, handling pick-up, drop-off, health screenings, food preparation, and more! Additionally, any questions regarding state regulations for child care should be directed to your Licensing representative.
Click Here for CDC Information

ECC’s COVID-19 Policies

Early Childhood Connections will remain open whenever possible in order to better serve area childcare providers. Please review our policies about visiting our office prior to attending training with ECC.
Click Here ECC COVID-19 Policies
2022-2023 CDA Program
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. Registration is open through  Friday, August 19, 2022 Cost is FREE* for 2022-2023 if you work in a state licensed/registered program! *Fees may apply if you do not complete the program. Otherwise the program cost is $800. More information can be found on the Early Childhood Connections website.
Please contact Janessa Bixel if you have questions jbixel@earlychildhoodconnections.com
Classes will be held online this year! Tuesday Evenings on ZOOM  6:30pm-9:00pm September 6, 2022 - April 25, 2023 A mandatory Orientation will be required prior to starting classes where supplies will be given out and program expectations reviewed. Dates for orientation will be August 23rd & 30th. A sign-up to select a date for Orientation will be sent once registration is complete. Go to the ECC website or click here for the link to the registration information. Class size limited to 40
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© Early Childhood Connections 2020

Welcome

ECC Mission Statement

To enrich the lives of children by working with the adults who affect their lives - parents, caregivers and educators.

Program History

Early Childhood Connections is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established in the summer of 1995 to offer a variety of services that provide support and education to childcare providers, teachers and parents involved in the care of children.

Service Area

ECC serves 13 counties in Western South Dakota, including the communities of Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis, Belle Fourche, Buffalo, Custer, Hot Springs, Lemmon, Pine Ridge, Kadoka, Martin, Phillip and Dupree.

Stay Up-to-Date with ECC

ECC has a Facebook page that is regularly updated with information on community events, training opportunities, class cancellation information, changes and more. Follow us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/earlychildhoodconnections

Planning to attend Pyramid

Model Classes with ECC?

Students signing up for Pyramid Model classes will be expected to have read at least one of these articles prior to taking classes so that they have a basic understanding of the Pyramid Model: -The Pyramid Model Fact Sheet -The Pyramid Model - A Model for Supporting Social Competence -Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Download the Articles Here Navigation Menu
Enriching the lives of children by working with the adults who affect their lives - parents, caregivers and educators.

Reopening or Remaining

Open During COVID-19

Early Childhood Connections would like to assist child care programs with any questions or concerns they have upon reopening or remaining open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the CDC guidelines via the link below to obtain guidance on cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting procedures, handling pick-up, drop-off, health screenings, food preparation, and more! Additionally, any questions regarding state regulations for child care should be directed to your Licensing representative.
Click Here for CDC Information

ECC’s COVID-19 Policies

Early Childhood Connections will remain open whenever possible in order to better serve area childcare providers. Please review our policies about visiting our office prior to attending training with ECC.
Click Here ECC COVID-19 Policies
2022-2023 CDA Program
The Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education (ECE) and is a key stepping stone on the path of career advancement in ECE. Registration is open through  Friday, August 19, 2022 Cost is FREE* for 2022-2023 if you work in a state licensed/registered program! *Fees may apply if you do not complete the program. Otherwise the program cost is $800. More information can be found on the Early Childhood Connections website.
Please contact Janessa Bixel if you have questions jbixel@earlychildhoodconnections.com
Classes will be held online this year! Tuesday Evenings on ZOOM  6:30pm-9:00pm September 6, 2022 - April 25, 2023 A mandatory Orientation will be required prior to starting classes where supplies will be given out and program expectations reviewed. Dates for orientation will be August 23rd & 30th. A sign-up to select a date for Orientation will be sent once registration is complete. Go to the ECC website or click here for the link to the registration information. Class size limited to 40