Learn More about our Partnership with Early Care and Learning Inc.

Did you know that the Columbus Montessori Education Center is a Partner of ECAL – Early Care and Learning Inc.?  Linda Neugebauer is the Founder of ECAL as well as a founder of Columbus Montessori and our programs both advocated for similar child-centered goals.

Past Columbus Montessori President and CMEC parent Laurel Dawson sits on ECAL’s Advisory Board and Past Executive Director Ann Boston Timm is the President of ECAL’s Board of Trustees.

Early Care and Learning Inc. (ECAL)  is a vehicle to advocate for innovative programs that offer mixed-age grouping, continuity of care and primary caregiving for infants and toddlers. To implement its mission, ECAL, along with its partners, has established a special initiative, Caring Communities: Birth to Three (CC:B-3) with major funding from American Electric Power(AEP).

ECAL has a small, diverse working board with experience in the following areas: educational management and leadership, teaching, public policy, child psychology, early childhood program administration, medicine, business and law.

The CC:B-3 initiative is based on state and national best practice goals and standards, developed by the following organizations:

ECAL, and its project partner, Action for Children, collaborate with its
advocacy partner, Voices for Ohio’s Children, and these five child care centers: