Mobilizing Community In Support of Children and Families

Early Childhood Alliance Membership

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

Jaime Alicea,
Syracuse City School District

Marnie Annese,
Health Foundation for Western & Central New York

Kimberly Boynton,
Crouse Hospital

Dr. Cynthia Bright,
Pediatric Associates

Carolyn Brown,

Virginia Carmody
Literacy Coalition/Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Dr. Casey Crabill
Onondaga Community College

Dr. Donna DeSiato
Superintendent East Syracuse Minoa Central School District

Peter Dunn
CNY Community Foundation*

Nancy Kern Eaton,
United Way of CNY

Robert Falter,
The Reisman Foundation

Lisa Fasolo Frishman
Independent Consultant

Susan Furtney,
Upstate Medical University

Rich Gasiorowski,
Onondaga County Department Children & Family Services*

Steve Gorczynski,
M&T Bank, ECA Business Council

Dr. Indu Gupta,
Onondaga County Health Department

Hon. Helen Hudson,
Syracuse Common Council

Dr. Linda LeMura,
Le Moyne College

Linda Lopez,
Salvation Army

Mike Melara,
Catholic Charities*

Sarah Merrick,
Onondaga County Department of Social Services

Dr. Arthur Owora,
Syracuse University

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

Stephanie Pasquale,
City of Syracuse

Ann Rooney,
Deputy County Executive for Human Services*

Lori Schakow,
Child Care Solutions*

Susan Serrao,
Healthy Families, Onondaga County

Kara Williams,
The Allyn Foundation*

Margaret Wilson
Syracuse City School District

Randy Wolken,
Manufactures Association of CNY

Laurie Black,
Early Childhood Alliance

*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 –
Campaign for Grade Level Reading –

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 –

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 –

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 –