The Bryce Klingel Early Childhood Education Foundation provides funding for early childhood education, therapeutic services and equipment to families in crisis. Young children, especially vulnerable to the effects of stress on a family rely on and greatly benefit from consistent routines and time spent in a child centered environment. When a family’s unforeseen financial strain puts their ability to pay for early childhood services at risk, the goal of the foundation is to provide assistance to help these families stay connected to their ECE community of support. The Foundation itself was inspired by a remarkable young child, Bryce Klingel, whose excitement and love for his school, friends , therapists and caregivers clearly illustrated the importance of these connections to young children and their families. Bryce was 3 1/2 years old when he passed away in December 2015 from complications of NCM. Bryce, his big brother Connor and their parents were actively engaged with and supported by their ECE community. These connections proved to be an invaluable source of comfort and positivity during an otherwise difficult time.