Early Childhood Center 2020 ECC Annual Report Pandemic Pivot
2020 provided an unprecedented level of challenges for childcare centers across the country. When the COVID-19 shutdown was announced in March 2020, the ECC was forced to close it’s doors for several weeks with resultant financial challenges. We’ve since reopened with new public health guidance and protocols to keep everyone healthy.
2020 Message From the Executive Director
ECC Executive Director Karen Rattenborg outlines how the ECC responded when the pandemic hit and how donors and friends are an important piece of the puzzle for recovery.
The CSU Early Childhood Center (ECC) is a laboratory school with a threefold mission to (a) prepare university students for careers in the field of early childhood; (b) provide opportunities for research related to children, families, and early childhood education; and (c) offer a developmentally appropriate, Reggio Emilia-inspired learning environment for young children. Each year, the ECC serves approximately 150 children (ages 6 weeks to 6 years) while simultaneously training more than 120 students from various departments across campus including Design and Merchandising; Food Science and Human Nutrition; Human Development and Family Studies; Occupational Therapy; the School of Education; and the School of Theatre, Music, and Dance.
2020 Milestones and Highlights
ECC’s Teaching Mission
The ECC’s Teaching mission is to prepare university students for careers in the field of early childhood. In total, 72 CSU students were active at the ECC.
ECC Tip Sheets for Parents
In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial violence in 2020, the ECC published a series of tip sheets for parents and families.
121 children from 100 families
26 infants and toddlers
60 were children of CSU faculty/staff
20 were children of CSU students
41 were children of community members
The ECC receives grants from multiple sources to provide financial support to families with children enrolled at the ECC. These funds serve to make access to child care services more affordable for families and to increase the retention and graduation rates of CSU student parents.
The ECC has three CSU Foundation accounts that private donors can contribute to to help us provide outstanding, high-quality care to children: Early Childhood Center, ECC Serving Diverse Populations, and Marie Macy Director’s Legacy.
In 2020, the ECC received more than $170,000 in donations from 98 donors. A large portion of these gifts were in honor of Marie Macy. Due to the pandemic, donor funds are now being utilized to maintain general ECC operations and all efforts to improve the ECC grounds and expand program offerings are currently on hold. Funds are still utilized to promote access for diverse populations, at-risk children, and income eligible student parents.