MCEC and Monroe Smart Start Partnership

The Monroe County Energy Challenge is partnering with Monroe Smart Start to help local, home-based childcare centers improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs,  and their impact on the environment! 12716426_1743273022574690_5110024115516782457_o

Beginning in February 2016, participating home providers received free weatherization, LED light bulbs, faucet aerators to and more to help them to reduce home energy and water use and save money on utility costs.MCEC honorees awarded at the 2017 Monroe Smart Start Early Childhood Excellence Awards

By pairing improved environmental quality with improved childcare, local children and their families are healthier, safer and more likely to prosper in the future.13217380_10153457594497484_5670852994946729820_oMCEC honorees awarded at the 2016 Monroe Smart Start Early Childhood Excellence Awards. Photo credit: Monroe County Community Foundation

Providers that completed energy assessments and made energy efficiency improvements were recognized at the Early Childhood Excellence Awards:

  • Marcella Ettinger, Director, Rise and Shine Child Care
  • Jenny Dittfach, Owner, Jenny’s Place
  • Noel Hanson, Owner, Kid Angles Early Education School: Monkey House, Kid Angles Early Education School: Butterfly Bungalow
  • Linda Jackson, Owner, Jack and Jill Daycare
  • Marianna Edmonds-Hogue, Owner, Cookie Club Daycare
  • Jackie Perez, Owner, Little Peeps
  • The Kabbage Patch Kids
  • Teeter Totter
  • Nana’s Playhouse Daycare
  • Bloomington Language Child Care
  • NEST at New Hope
  • Korrabells
  • Little Angels
  • Joyful beginnings
  • Building Blocks #1
  • Building Blocks #2
  • Building Blocks #3
  • Love & Learn

The 3rd annual Early Childhood Excellence Awards were held on Thursday, April 14 at WTIU. Read more and see the complete list of 2016 honorees: