The third finalist in Bridgewater’s BBI competition is Connections Early Learning Center. Expected to open in August, 2022, Connections ELC will address two of Bridgewater’s most pervasive needs: childcare and early education. The 501(c)(3) corporation will operate a full daycare and educational program for children from infancy through age five. Elementary-school children will also be able to attend before and after school (and all day during summers).
Connections ELC is determined to make these services accessible, not just available. Tuition will be based on family income and need. Moreover, the organization will pay a fair wage to its staff, so that it can attract and retain caring, competent professionals. The combination of affordable tuition and a truly professional staff would create an incredible community asset, but it also presents a challenging business model.
Along with Bridgewater Coffee and Rockingham Cooperative, Connections ELC will compete for the $250,000 prize in the ARP Tank at Sipe Center, on November 18 at 7:00. A panel of five judges will listen to the presentations, ask penetrating questions, and award the prize based on (i) benefit to Bridgewater residents, (ii) feasibility, and (iii) readiness. Admission will be free. Popcorn will be free. The excitement will be priceless.
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