About UWEC ECLIPSE
ECLIPSE is an AmeriCorps program that focuses on early childhood literacy in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. Educational focus areas include language, emergent reading and writing, and social interaction skills. ECLIPSE differentiates from other literacy programs by using a one-on-one model tailored to individual needs which prepare each child for lifelong learning, while also embracing the different paces at which children learn to foster continual growth in education. ECLIPSE partners with non-profit early childhood agencies such as Western Dairyland Head Start programs and EC4T.
UWEC ECLIPSE Services
We are glad to announce that we will be back providing our ECLIPSE services, at partner sites, in-person for the 2021-2022 program year! We are excited to SEE everyone and to continue to provide our high quality support services for all our children, families, and partner centers. ECLIPSE members will serve in teams of 6-10 UWEC students providing one-on-one support and literacy rich activities specifically tailored to each child they are partnered with. All children and families will have access to our online resources found here, on our UWEC-ECLIPSE website as well! We are excited to get started!
COVID-19 Virtual ECLIPSE Response and Recovery
In efforts to continue to support the developmental growth of the young children in the Chippewa Valley, ECLIPSE transitioned services in 2020-2021 to the virtual world. While we are excited to get back to providing our services this year in person, we will continue to provide our support and resources for the children and families in our community here as well. We will be adding developmentally appropriate content to help support early learning and development. ECLIPSE is excited to share engaging shared stories accompanied by interactive activities as well as other fun and engaging learning videos on topics like cooking, arts, science, music, and more! Be sure to check back often!
2020-2021 ECLIPSE-A brief history lesson...
During the 2020-2021 school year, ECLIPSE had to move its services virtually. ECLIPSE served in teams of 4-6 students from UW – Eau Claire. Members served by supporting preschool children and their program partner sites located in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley. ECLIPSE prepared and distributed 1,400 literacy kits to 3-5-year-old children and families to provide additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The literacy kits and supplemental resources helped support the development of early childhood children in the areas of language, literacy, social, and/or numeracy skills. Engagement in literacy-rich and developmentally appropriate activities increased opportunities for children to be supported in their growth and development more consistently during COVID-19 closures and intermittent shutdowns.
Social & Emotional
Sharing, friendship building, attentiveness, expressing emotions, and problem-solving successfully are critical to lifelong learning and happiness. These skills are a part of social and emotional development, which begins with children’s earliest relationships and experiences. These greatly impact children's behavioral outcomes as well as their families, and communities.
Get in Touch
Please contact us about how you can help support our efforts by joining as a non-profit partner site, to learn more about the Early Literacy Coalition of the Greater Chippewa Valley, or with questions regarding our program and our literacy kit resources.
105 Garfield Ave
Centennial Hall Education Studies
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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