Based on Psalm 127:3, ECCN believes that all children are gifts from God and that God has a plan and purpose for each one. (Jeremiah 29:11). We believe that young children grow, learn, and thrive best through loving, nurturing relationships in an active, engaging, play-based educational environment. In addition, young children deserve the right to experience God and His world by spending time outdoors.
The Mission of ECCN is to provide early childhood educators with affordable, relevant, and researched-based training and resources that support their endeavor to teach young children age-appropriate physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual concepts with a Biblical focus.
Who We Are
Established as Texas Baptist Church Weekday Education Association in 1996, Early Childhood Christian Network is a professional community of faith-based early childhood educators who believe in
Excellence in Training
Integrity in Actions
Respect for Childhood
Intentionality in Teaching Biblical Concepts
Inspiration and Encouragement
What We do
ECCN provides a variety of resources and training opportunities, support and encouragement to faith-based early education programs and others in the early education arena. All of our conferences and online courses meet or exceed the requirements for annual Texas Child Care Licensing training hours.
Why We Do It
We have a unique opportunity and responsibility to meet the developmental needs of young children and provide support for their parents. We are in a position to have a huge impact on the emotional, spiritual, and educational growth of the children in our care while we also minister to their entire family. We want to equip and encourage those who are on the front lines of childcare and early education to be effective each day. The work we are doing will have eternal rewards as we plant the seeds of the Gospel into the hearts of young children and their parents.
But Jesus called the children to him and said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16, Mark 10:14, Matthew 19:14)
How We Do It
We provide high-quality resources and training for all early childhood educators and advocates. All of our training is relevant and research-based and presented with a biblical worldview.
How do I join ECCN?
Complete the Online Membership Form
What are the benefits of membership?
Highly-qualified trainers who meet state licensing requirements
Opportunities for networking with other directors and teachers
Discounted fees for all training conferences (15-25% savings)
1 hour of free training (includes post-test and certificate)
Who can join ECCN?
Individuals with home-based child care programs
Church-based weekday programs (licensed & non-licensed)
Individuals who are advocates for young children
Any licensed or non-licensed weekday program or center
|Monica Healer||Executive Director||First Baptist Church||McKinney, TX|
|Dr. Shelly Melia||President||Dallas Baptist University||Dallas, TX|
|Sarah Waters||Vice President||Valley Ranch Baptist Church||Coppell, TX|
|Luanne Coffee||Secretary||In His Steps Academy||Pearland, TX|
|Dr. Melissa Ewing||Board Member||First Baptist Church||McKinney, TX|
|Julie Hamilton||Board Member||First Baptist Church||Bryan, TX|
|Cassie Larson||Board Member||Trinity Baptist Church||Amarillo, TX|
|Melissa Dutton||Board Member||University Baptist Church||Houston, TX|
|Renee French||Board Member||Southern Oaks Baptist Church||Tyler, TX|
|Edwina Sullivan||Board Member||Sunnyvale First Baptist Church||Sunnyvale, TX|