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About the Alliance

The Alliance for Early Childhood is a community collaboration organization that promotes the healthy growth and development of children from birth to age eight (or 3rd grade) by providing resources, programs, and support for the parents and professionals who teach and care for them. Founded in 1989 as the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood, the Alliance changed its name to The Alliance for Early Childhood in 2011, in recognition of its growth well beyond the borders of Winnetka. Currently, we serve Winnetka, Northfield, Kenilworth, and neighboring communities on the North Shore of Chicago.

Some of the services that we provide Include:

  • Advocacy: on behalf of the young children in our community; by working together, we can provide the very best environment for raising healthy and happy young children.

  • Early Childhood: 16-page newsletter, published in October and April
  • Let’s Play Initiative: supporting child-initiated free play through programs such as the Park-a-Day Challenges
  • Parenting presentations: workshops and speakers on topics of interest to parents of children from age 0-8

  • Professional development and networking: teachers and administrators gather several times a year at various venues and events to share information, to discuss common interests, and to hear presentations by local and nationally known speakers.
  • ScreenBreak (formerly TV Tune Out Week): each March, thousands of children and their families experience the adventure of a week without TV or other screens and learn about media literacy
  • Special Needs Roundtable: supporting parents and teachers of children with special needs in both preschool and elementary school
  • Teacher Tributes: an opportunity to honor an outstanding educational professional with a Teacher Tribute.
  • Website: a comprehensive website that pulls together pertinent information for parents and teachers of young children, all in one place. (www.TheAllianceForEC.org)