The NCECP began its work by helping childcare workers who could not afford traditional college courses by providing top notch, professional, accessible training and resources. The NCECP now offers an array of both educational and cultural programs that are overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and an all-volunteer Board of Advisors. While adhering to our original mission statement, the NCECP has shown steady growth in the quality and variety of services offered and by the number of our supporters. The following timeline provides a brief overview of our development since our founding in 1991 - 2003.
The National Coalition for Educational and Cultural Programs was founded in 1991 by an Early Childhood Education college instructor as a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of care for children. This was a time of fiscal decline and of cutbacks to educational programs.
The NCECP became and remains the second agency in the state to be approved by the Department of Early Education and Care as an early childhood Continuing Education Unit (CEU) authorizing agency
The partnership between NCECP and the Friends of Stone Zoo in 1993 allowed the first handicap-accessible building on site at the Stone Zoo to be constructed. It was called the Education Resource Center.
NCECP developed the annual "Kid Sense Parent/Teacher Training" series in collaboration with Boston Medical Center. This continued until the hospital was closed in 1999.
The Massachusetts Department of Education recognized the NCECP as a Professional Development Provider for state certified teachers.
The NCECP opened the Creativity Recycle Center [CRC] to provide clean, recycled materials for use in classrooms, scout meetings, or in the home. Each year the CRC has over 1,000 visitors at its 38 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham MA location.
NCECP's Distance Education Courses were expanded with new courses developed by NCECP college instructors. Through a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, in 1997 NCECP also offered a Kids Art series, devoted to developing young artists, musicians, poets and writers.
The NCECP moved to from a church basement to a professional office park located @ 38 Montvale Ave, Stoneham.
The NCECP opened a second recycle for education site at the Stoneham Middle School, Stoneham, MA, to meet the needs of all the teachers and students for a school district over wrought with expenses and to meet the needs of the growing population. This recycle center was stocked and staffed by NCECP volunteers from 1999-2003, at which point it closed due to a space shortage in the Stoneham public school. Additionally, the NCECP brought together other reuse for education programs, which led to the formation of the "Reduce Reuse Recycle Alliance (RRRA)". Organizations from Vermont to Rhode Island have joined in the efforts with the NCECP to save surplus and odd lot materials from land fills.
The NCECP initiated the "Major, the Polar Bear" Scholarship. The scholarship is set up in memory of Major, the beloved Polar Bear of Stone Zoo who lived to be 33 years old, the oldest bear in captivity. The first annual $500.00 scholarship was awarded in 2001 to a deserving high school student committed to continuing his education in the area of animal husbandry/environmental sciences.
The NCECP formalized its relationship with The Reading Railroad, which is NCECP's designated expert on all matters concerning reading aloud to children. NCECP celebrated its 10th year Anniversary and the Reading Railroad's book Read It Aloud! was endorsed by the International Reading Association.
The NCECP more than doubled its office space by moving two flights down in the same office building they had occupied since 1998, to Suite G10, 38 Montvale Ave, in Stoneham, MA. The Creativity Resource Center was expanded and on-site fieldtrips and trainings were offered.
The NCECP worked with the authors of Read it Aloud! to develop a distance education course on performance reading. The NCECP became co-producers with the Reading Railroad of the television show Words that Cook! Parenting with Children's Books. The course was endorsed by the New England HighTech Charity Foundation, which awarded a grant to provide the training to childcare workers serving needy children and their families.