LENA Grow is an innovative approach to professional development for early childhood teachers that measures and improves child care quality by boosting interactive talk between teachers and children. It is designed to operate as a standalone program or as an element of existing professional development initiatives. Teachers receive research-based coaching coupled with evidence-based feedback on … Read more >
Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals teaches in-home providers, center-based ECE professionals, and Family Friend and Neighbor care providers about healthy meal preparation and creating a positive food environment for the children in their care. This hands-on, discussion-based training covers topics such as choosing healthy foods that appeal to children, encouraging positive mealtime attitudes, safe … Read more >
An Infant Toddler Specialist is defined as an individual whose role is to provide support to professionals and caregivers who provide early care and education to infants and toddlers. Funded in large part by the Infant/Toddler Earmark within the Child Care Development Block Grant, many states have developed an Infant/Toddler Specialist Network by funding these … Read more >
The Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) 48-hour course of training is designed for individuals like you who currently work with or plan to work with infants and toddlers and are interested in improving your knowledge and skills. It is particularly appropriate for child care providers who are looking for an in-depth, hands-on course … Read more >
Through a partnership with The Resource Exchange, Early Childhood Specialist staff trained in development and behavior assessment will assist care providers and parents in planning and implementing interventions for the specified child to succeed or to improve an overall classroom’s support of children’s social emotional development.
This program seeks to create nurturing environments that foster mental wellness among children, families, and staff and focus on reduction of expulsions from child care.
The EQIT initiative works to increase the quality and availability of high quality infant and toddler care that meets the unique developmental need infants and toddlers have for responsive relationships. Activities include the facilitation of high quality professional development for infant and toddler early care educators, infant toddler specialists and supports for the provision of … Read more >
Experienced, knowledgeable coaches provide guidance and support to maximize spending impacts and act as a local resource to help improve overall quality and Colorado Shines Rating. Coaching Services can include: – ERS and/or CLASS assessments – Developing a Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) – Level 3-5 Colorado Shines Rating Preparation – Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation … Read more >
Child Care Provider Recruitment at United Way of Weld County works in partnership with Weld County Department of Human Services to increase the number of child care providers—both licensed and unlicensed. This is done through social and print media campaigns that educate people about the need for more child care slots and the benefits of … Read more >
Child Care Provider Professional Development trainings offer over 15 hours of continuing education to Weld County child care providers each year. The trainings host speakers from the Colorado higher education system, ensuring the presentations are of high quality and encouraging providers to enroll in classes taught by an experienced teacher. The relationship built with the … Read more >