BOLD ECI (BOLD Early Childhood Initiative)
Fundraiser for Southwest Initiative Foundation

BOLD ECI (BOLD Early Childhood Initiative) Renae is raising money for Southwest Initiative Foundation.

Gifts to the BOLD Early Childhood Fund will support the goals of the coalition to support the overall development of children birth to five.

WHY GIVE?  50% of Minnesota children are not ready for Kindergarten.  Our goal is to find ways to connect with kids and their families, and to help families find ways to prepare their kids before Kindergarten starts. 

We have a $500 matching challenge this year.  Please help us meet this goal so we can double our money.


BOLD ECI helps families with young children, and caregivers through literacy activities, fun community learning events, and much more! Many of our activities are free or at a very minimal cost to ease any financial burden to families. 

Parent Information Packets were developed as a way to get families informed and registered in the district (by filling out and returning the 0-4 Census), and also signed up by age 3 1/2 to go through Early Childhood Screening as required by Minnesota Law. This packet also shares other tips on what parents can do to help kids be successful and ready for school.  When we know you are here in the community, we can keep you informed on what is happening for kids birth to Pre-Kindergarten. 

Playground grants of $2000 each for Bird Island, Olivia and Lake Lillian have jump started each community into adding playground equipment specifically for the 2-5 year old age child.

BOLD ECI funding is helping to lower the cost of classes for our area childcare providers if they are interested in working towards a 1 Star Parent Aware rating.  A Parent Aware 1-4 Star Rating would benefit families and childcare providers. 

Our Free Winter Concert where Bob the Beachcomber and The Teddy Bear Band have helped us gather families together not only for the concert, but also to swap books, and to check out area agencies represented at our Mini-Resource Fair. Look for us on a Saturday morning in Feb/Mar. every other year.

LIteracy is a top focus in helping kids get ready for K.  Activities include: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, NEW- Little ECI Libraries, Little Red Bookshelves, and a BOOK DRIVE coming up this year.

Books-n-Baseball gives away 100 free tickets a year to a Stingers Game each June. Stinger players do a "Read Aloud" on the field to preschoolers, and the kids get a free book and run the bases after the game.

Child Care Providers Appreciation Party - Child care providers do a great service for families, and help children grow and get ready for Kindergarten, too.  We thank them for their dedication to kids.

12 changing tables were added to local establishments, books were bought for F.R.E.D. (Fathers Read Every Day) Events, and awards were purchased for kids doing the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at each local library. Check it out.

We are continually advocating on behalf of Early Childhood issues and are working on getting the word out about the importance of early childhood education in getting children ready for school.  The BOLD ECI will work for our youngest community members until they can speak for themselves.  (We are a partner in supporting the free 4 year old preschool at BOLD School.  BOLD School wants all 4 year olds in at least one year of preschool (public or private) before Kindergarten. Early education can mean success.)  

GET INVOLVED WITH BOLD ECI - Our kids are our future, and parents make it happen.


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Questions? Contact  Co-coordinators: Renae Saunders at [email protected] or Lindsey Long at [email protected]  Or join our group and share your ideas to help our area families.

More About UsBOLD Early Childhood Initiative (BOLD ECI) was formed the spring of 2011 in partnership with Southwest Initiative Foundation. Our Vision is statement is "Uniting Bird Island, Olivia and Lake Lillian to promote the overall development of children ages birth-five and support their caregivers." 

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