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The Early Years Count!

An education initiative

of the Community Foundation

of St. Joseph County


Early Years Count!, coordinated by The Family Connection since 2001, focuses like a laser on raising quality in Head Start, early childhood centers, preschools, registered ministries,  family home providers, and, most recently, SBCSC elementary schools.


Free Little Library

Have you visited Ann and Sue's Little library yet?  It is tucked away just outside of the Notre Dame campus, at Kelly Park.  Help us keep it stocked with books!  We are collecting book donations, especially looking for children's books.  Thank you.


Upcoming Training

Educadores o futuros educadores de la primera infancia.
Les hacemos una cordial invitación para que se registren a nuestra 3ra generación de HighScope en Español, que comenzará en Enero de 2023. ¡Nuestros espacios se están llenando rápidamente!
Para registrarse favor de comunicarse con Liliana Islas-Banuelos  por email:,  o por teléfono al:

A growing collection of useful links to state and local resources and like-minded national organizations.


Click here

We are always on the lookout for qualified candidates with early childhood and/or elementary school expertise.


Click here

Coming events and 

other things we're

up to month-by-month.


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We stand in solidarity against injustice, racism, and hate. Our team shares in the collective outrage and heartbreak of our nation. We realize we have much to learn and unlearn. We are reading, watching, and listening.  We are looking at ourselves as individuals and as an organization. We are learning to sit with discomfort.  We are grateful for the grace offered by Maya Angelou who says, ‘Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’  We are committed to doing better by ‘using our mouths to speak out against injustice, our noses to sniff out implicit bias, our eyes to identify privilege, our ears to listen to the people of color experience, our hearts to cultivate empathy for the oppressed, and our hands to take actions and make change.’ (@ohhappydani)


                           - The Family Connection Team

in the mail every month for children
birth to five 
in St. Joseph County!!!
Thanks to the Community Foundation and a host of dedicated funders.
Information and registration here.

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© 2015 by The Family Connection of St. Joseph County.


​Find us: 

132 N. Lafayette Blvd.

South Bend, IN 46601

​​Call us:

(574) 237–9740

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