Valley Early Childhood Regional Council
Mission & Goals
The mission of the Valley Early Childhood Regional Council (VECRC) is to coordinate and promote early care and education throughout the Valley region by engaging families to ensure that all children enter school ready to learn and succeed.
Play and Learn Fair —The VECRC sponsors a yearly Play and Learn Fair for Valley families. Check back for information on our 2017 Fair!
Read Across The Valley—We organize the Read Across The Valley event to promote the importance of early reading with Valley children and families.
My First 8 Website—The VECRC recently launched a website, www.myfirst8.org, to provide the Valley community with updated information on community resources, information, and events related to the care of children from the prenatal period through age 8. You can also follow them on Facebook at MyFirst8.
Meetings of Early Childhood Service Providers—We hold bi-monthly meetings of representatives from agencies that provide services to Valley children in order to share information, coordinate services and develop additional measures to improve the education and overall well-being of young children in the Valley. The VECRC serves as the governance body for the early childhood community plans for participating towns (Ansonia, Derby, Shelton) as well as for Child First and Valley Kids Belong programs.
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The VECRC grew out of the Health Committee of the Valley Council for Health & Human Services, beginning as the Birth to 8 Subcommittee. In 2005, the name was changed to Early Childhood Taskforce (ECTF) in response to work being done related to School readiness and Discovery funding. As Ansonia, Derby and Shelton developed town community plans for school readiness and Discovery grants, representatives from these committees became a part of the ECTF. In 2017, the Valley’s regional task forces were merged and the current name was selected.
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Contact the Valley Early Childhood Regional Council
If you’d like to learn more about the VECRC or attend a meeting or event, please contact: