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.

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.

Kickin' Up the Preschool KDIs

Video Series

Key developmental indicators (KDIs) are the building blocks of thinking, learning and reasoning at each stage of development. The HighScope Preschool Curriculum identifies 58 KDIs organized under eight content areas. Come kick it with our team as we dig into each content area to better understand their significance and to discover thoughtful, practical strategies that adults can use to support children at every level of understanding as well as scaffold their progress. 

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


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


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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

New Teacher Academy

New here? We can help!  New Teacher Academy is designed to help position new hires for success in navigating the HighScope curriculum.  Join us for a one day overview of strategies to put in place tomorrow for effective classroom organization, daily routine, and adult/child interactions with follow up coaching.

Classes will be held every other month on the second Tuesday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 

                                 January 12, 2021

                                  March 9, 2021       

Register now:  https://forms.gle/PXgPghnA6d213P4d6

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​Find us: 

132 N. Lafayette Blvd.

South Bend, IN 46601

​​Call us:

(574) 237–9740