Partners

Mobilizing Community In Support of Children and Families

Early Childhood Alliance Membership

Meg O’Connell, co-chair,
The Allyn Foundation & SYRACUSE 20/20*
www.allynfoundation.org

David Sutkowy, co-chair,
Onondaga County Department of Children and Family Services*
www.ongov.net

Jaime Alicea,
Syracuse City School District
www.syracusecityschools.com

Kimberly Boynton,
Crouse Hospital
www.crouse.org

Dr. Cynthia Bright,
Pediatric Associates

Carolyn Brown,
PEACE, Inc.
www.peace-caa.org

Virginia Carmody
Literacy Coalition/Campaign for Grade Level Reading
onliteracy.org

Dr. Bruce Carter
Syracuse University
falk.syr.edu

Dr. Casey Crabill
Onondaga Community College
www.sunyocc.edu

Dr. Donna DeSiato
Superintendent East Syracuse Minoa Central School District
www.esmschools.org

Peter Dunn
CNY Community Foundation*
www.cnycf.org

Lisa Fasolo Frishman
Health Foundation for Western and Central New York*
hfwcny.org

Joseph Geglia
Elmcrest
elmcrest.org

Dr. Indu Gupta,
Onondaga County Health Department
www.ongov.net

Matt Huber,
Key Bank, ECA Business Council
www.key.com

Hon. Helen Hudson,
Syracuse Common Council
www.key.com

Frank Lazarski,
United Way of CNY*
unitedway-cny.org

Dr. Linda LeMura,
Le Moyne College
www.lemoyne.edu

Dr. Jody Manning,
OCM BOCES
www.ocmboces.org

Mike Melara,
Catholic Charities*
www.ccoc.us

Sarah Merrick,
Onondaga County Department of Social Services
www.ongov.net

Theresa Pagano,
Partners in Learning, Inc.-MANOS Intergenerational Learning Programs
www.partnerscny.org

Stephanie Pasquale,
City of Syracuse
www.syracuse.ny.us

Marie Perkins,
Syracuse City School District
www.syracusecityschools.com

Leola Rodgers,
Syracuse Community Health Center
schcny.com

Ann Rooney,
Deputy County Executive for Human Services*
www.ongov.net

Lori Schakow,
Child Care Solutions*
www.childcaresolutionscny.org

Susan Serrao,
Healthy Families, Onondaga County
www.onhealthyfamilies.org

Mark Wladis,
The Wladis Law Firm, Chair of the ECA Business Council
wladislawfirm.com

Kara Williams,
The Allyn Foundation*
www.allynfoundation.org

Dr. Cynthia Bright,
Pediatric Associates

Linda Wright,
Salvation Army*
syracuseny.salvationarmy.org

Laurie Black,
Executive Director
Early Childhood Alliance
www.ecaonondaga.org

*Member of the Steering Committee

The ECA is financially supported by the Allyn Foundation, Health Foundation of Western & Central New York, Community Foundation of CNY and the United Way of CNY.

Strategic Alignment

The Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga works in alignment with a number of community initiatives including:

Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County

The Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County is our community’s lead to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national movement that focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade. Our efforts include rebuilding what is now a chaotic system of early care and early grade education by using grade-level reading proficiency as a unifying goal; supporting community solutions to address lack of school readiness, chronic absence, and summer learning loss; and helping parents succeed in their critical roles as first teachers and best advocates. The centerpiece of our school readiness focus is Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. To date, over 12,000 little ones receive free monthly books mailed to them. The next phase of the Campaign is the More Hopeful Futures which seeks to accelerate our efforts by aligning with others in our community.

Literacy Coalition – onliteracy.org
Campaign for Grade Level Reading – gradelevelreading.net

Greater Syracuse HOPE Initiative

The Greater Syracuse HOPE (Health, Opportunity, Prosperity and Empowerment) Initiative is a collaboration of community members and leaders endeavoring to build a narrative around the poverty dynamics in the City of Syracuse and create a shared vision for moving forward to address critical issues in our community. These issues include severe concentrations of poverty among minorities in certain neighborhoods, inadequate and unsafe housing, lack of job opportunities, career pathways and subsequent high unemployment, low educational attainment and underperforming schools, poor health, neighborhood violence, crime and resulting trauma.

United Way – unitedway-cny.org


Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Greater Syracuse is an effort to assist low-income Syracuse households in using less energy and creating homes free of health and safety hazards that may otherwise impact education and employment. This collaboration of the NYS Office of the Attorney General, Home HeadQuarters, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, local government entities and various community-based organizations received convening, facilitation and grant funding assistance from the Community Foundation.

Green & Healthy Homes – www.syracuseghhi.org

Dial 211

Dial 211 from your cell phone or landline anywhere in Onondaga for free help locating important resources in the early childhood system.

211 – 211cny.com