Professional Learning Center

Continuing education programs for early learning professionals, including the Child Development Associate, Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood, and MA in Learning, Developmental and Family Sciences offered in partnership with University of Colorado Denver.

Quality Improvement

High quality training targeted at early childhood education to support the professional development and the teacher/child interactions. Quality Improvement includes: Colorado Shines specific coaching and training, social/emotional trainings on best practices for early childhood, supporting family development and family engagement.

CMA Director’s Network

Monthly Professional Development and Networking for Montessori Administrators and Montessori teachers. We have two locations – Denver and Fort Collins. We will be expanding to Colorado Springs and the western slope.

Annual CMA Conference (April 2020) – Raising Equity

Raising Equity means being an adult in the life of a child who helps cultivate and equity mindset. This approach helps adults and children understand themselves, others, and the systems of oppression that impact our lives. In this session, participants will 1) gain an understanding of the concepts and distinctions between diversity, equity, and inclusion, … Read more >

Kids Play Math

Support for teachers, including classroom activities and information about early math teaching and learning. This information is provided through easily accessible online training components, with job-embedded assignments, and webinars. An accompanying workshop in instructional support (optional but recommended). Support for coaches via a certification package that includes a two-day workshop, online interaction, and materials and … 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 >

Nurturing the Young Child Conference

Annual conference in early November for early childhood professionals, offering 6 training hours and a partial CEU in collaboration with Western Colorado University. The Gunnison Hinsdale Early Childhood Council brings in a keynote speaker, as well as local and regional presenters. The conference is an opportunity for early childhood professionals to connect with peers, learn … Read more >

Home Network of the Pikes Peak Region

Early Connections is known for developing and implementing innovative approaches to quality programs and is a recognized leader in the field of early education. Early Connections was one of the first programs in Colorado to implement child outcome assessment, increase the level of formal education for teachers, and blend federal support from Head Start and … Read more >

Right Start for Colorado

The Mental Health Center of Denver was recently awarded a 5-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) grant to expand infant and early childhood mental health services throughout the state of Colorado. “Infants and toddlers are frequently overlooked in mental health policy and healthcare delivery systems,” … Read more >

Professional Development

Children First provides professional development opportunities that are open to early care and education professionals, home visitors, parents and the community. Topics are determined based on requests from professionals, coaches, directors, etc. Participants are given certificates upon completion of the training that can be used for licensing. Some of the most requested topics include: * … Read more >