United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

State Early Learning Alliance


Changing the early education game

The United Way-powered State Early Learning Alliance (SELA) is a cutting-edge shared services model for early childhood programs to strengthen business practices and enhance program quality in order to give children a better start.

SELA members saved as much as 25% on commercial insurance with better coverage, savings that spread to staff and their families. The 23 agencies that comprise SELA have a combined buying power of over $30 million; if SELA can hit its ultimate goal of 200 members, that figure rockets to $450 million worth of purchasing power. In 2015, SELA was presented at the National Shared Services Conference in San Francisco.

The end result of all of it, the networking, the buying capability, the economies of scale, is and always has been the little faces in circle time. Savings are pumped directly into the classroom, through program investment and staff development and quality improvements that benefit kids.

SELA benefits include:

  • ECE Shared Resources
    ECE Shared Resources is a web-based platform that offers a wealth of tools, services and cost and time-savings for Early Childhood Education programs and professionals. Members gain enormous buying power by joining an existing nationwide pool of purchasers. More information can be found by going to www.ecesharedresources.com and earlylearningnh.org/ece_shared_resources.php.
  • Time Savings
    Sample policies, procedures, handbooks, forms, interview guides, job descriptions, marketing materials and much more have been created by national ECE experts. All are posted in a format members can download and edit, savings huge amounts of administrative time.
  • Cost Savings for Programs
    SELA members join large pools of buyers, getting the purchasing and service benefits enjoyed by big players. On average, a center with 100 children saves over $6,000 per year; and a family provider with six children saves over $700 per year.
  • Cost Savings for Professionals
    Member agency staff can get their own perks and discounts, access to the online trainings and downloadable resources.
  • Boots-on-the-Ground Service
    The partnership with service provider Great North Advantage offers facilities management, emergency maintenance, and accounting and human resources expertise that early learning centers need – but so rarely have in-house.

Call Cellissa Hoyt at 603-397-9576 or email her at choyt@earlylearningnh.org to learn more and become a member.