Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO)

A partnership between Qualistar, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Natural Learning Initiative, Colorado’s Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program works to improve the design of outdoor spaces through grant-funded landscape design assistance, funding to naturalize the outdoor learning environment, and ongoing training for ECE professionals to actively engage children in their outdoor spaces. Grants … Read more >

Back to Back Literacy Backpack Project

What is the Back to Back Literacy Backpack Project?  Each participating child care provider will receive one kit containing up to 21 take-home interactive and engaging early literacy and learning activities with examples including but not limited to animal tracks, counting and correspondence, five senses, incredible insects, life cycles, measuring, off to work we … Read more >

Strengthening Working Families Initiative

In partnership with the Community College of Aurora and the Community College of Denver, and using a two-generation model, ECPAC is supporting Child Care Navigation for parents of young children (0-12) who are returning to school to obtain a certificate and a job in a high-demand, high-growth field, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Business, Healthcare and … Read more >

Early Learning Quality Improvement Program

ECPAC provides comprehensive quality improvement support to licensed child care programs (Centers and Family Child Care Homes) as well as to informal child care providers (Families, Friends, and Neighbors). Support includes professional development training, on-site coaching or implementation support, and funding for learning materials. Additionally, ECPAC works closely with the local mental health center to … Read more >


Through collaboration with key partners, ECPAC supports a community-based support to improved/increased equitable access, affordability, and quality of cross-domain services and supports for young children and families. ECPAC has invested time and resources in long-term professional development and technical assistance to support community organizations in: 1. Intentionally implementing the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS) … Read more >

Comprehensive Coordinated Identification and Referral Best Practices

Through collaboration with key early childhood partners, ECPAC developed a comprehensive identification and referral process using best practices to break down barriers for families accessing indicated cross-domain services and supports. ECPAC provides training and implementation support to community multi-disciplinary service providers on use of the materials and process and monitors follow through rates. The process … Read more >

Social Emotional Development

Through collaboration with key early childhood partners, ECPAC is supporting social emotional development of children ages 0-8 through public awareness/parent education campaign, parenting classes, and training for early childhood cross-domain service providers.

Early Literacy

In collaboration with key early childhood partners, ECPAC supports early literacy development with families of children ages 0-5 through a public awareness/parent education campaign and parenting classes using best practices. While classes are held throughout the County, they are concentrated in areas where elementary schools have very low reading scores. The primary purpose is to … Read more >

Grand and Jackson Early Childhood Council

Grand Beginnings was appointed by the county commissioners of Grand and Jackson Counties to convene and coordinate the Grand and Jackson Early Childhood Council in February 2017. The Grand and Jackson Early Childhood Council works to convene community stakeholder to take a cross-sector approach to ensuring a high quality early childhood system that promotes quality, … Read more >

Professional Development and Technical Assistance

Professional Development and Technical Assistance have three roles in the community, to build general capacity (including supporting individuals to build a qualified workforce), build program specific capacity, and facilitate communications across systems and sectors. Professional development includes funding scholarships for ECE college classes, delivering college classes and community trainings, and supporting Child Development Associate Credential … Read more >