The Validation Project

The CMA Validation Project is one answer to the question “What is Montessori?” By determining baseline, threshold components for participating Montessori schools, CMA has established a Validating Organization to assure state agencies, policy makers, funders, and most importantly, families that the Montessori schools in Colorado have a measure of quality they can trust.

Resource Development

FRCA coordinates with the funding community, national, state, and local collaboratives, and governing entities to develop resources supporting families across the state.

Capacity Building

FRCA continuously seeks to increase organizational capacity and sustainability of our member centers. FRCA directly trains direct service staff across the network of member centers as well as provides individualized and group technical assistance. FRCA also connects collaborating groups, resources, and emerging opportunities to the network of member centers.

Advocacy

FRCA represents Family Resource Centers (FRC) at the legislature as well as at a county level. FRCA also actively participates in major statewide initiatives and coalitions relevant to children and families. Advocating at the state and county level for policy and systems change When standards and language are adopted by a multitude of players, true … Read more >

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Connections 4 Kids, in collaboration with Moffat County Youth United Way, continue to offer Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. Imagination Library is a program that offers high-quality, age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to families and limits registration only by age and residence, … Read more >

Membership Support and Technical Assistance

ECCLA’s goal is to ensure that Councils have sufficient resources, staff, and capacity to implement their strategic plans so the needs of the young children in the communities they serve can be met. We are prioritizing our efforts to support the integrity and sustainability of this statewide network. To achieve our goal, we deploy key … Read more >

Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Partnership

ECHO is based on a decade of research by North Carolina State University’s Natural Learning Initiative on the Preventing Obesity by Design model. This research showed that by improving the design of outdoor spaces through affordable interventions and training early childhood professionals, young children and early childhood programs enjoy substantial benefits. Together, ECHO and ECCLA … Read more >

Physician and Community Outreach

Education of pediatrician and family practice offices on standardized developmental screening for children 0-5 and referral resources within the community.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Consultation to Early Care and Learning sites and families to support the social emotional development of children 0-8 years of age, provide positive supports for managing challenging behaviors, and decrease the incidence of expulsion and suspension.