The Council is the Local Coordinating Organization for Pitkin, Garfield, W. Eagle and Lake Counties. Through strong partnerships at the local, regional and state levels, we are leading efforts to implement Universal Preschool in our region.
15 hours of preschool instruction for all children the year before they enter Kindergarten. Our Council helps to support the Early Childhood Education(ECE) workforce (family child care homes, preschools and child care centers) to provide the high quality education needed for children to build a strong foundation in learning.
The program focuses on a single, straightforward, proven solution to accelerating brain growth, boosting social-emotional development, and increasing kindergarten readiness. That solution: Giving early childhood educators the tools they need to improve language environments equitably and to truly connect with each and every child in their care. In just five weeks of LENA Grow (or … Read more >
We have a paid lobbyist who works to support the industry through legislative advocacy work. We also advocate with the state regarding any advocacy needs that arise in the industry. We are a solutions-based organization and strive to improve processes and services for providers throughout the industry.
ECEA provides free trainings for business owners ranging from classroom management techniques/supports to the fiscal management that sustains businesses. Our trainings are free to anyone, but members receive training certificates for attending the live sessions.
The final Friday of every month, child care providers can meet raise any questions/concerns that they have about the industry. It’s an informal conversation that keeps ECEA aware of advocacy needs.
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.
Child First is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, two-generation (caregiver and child prenatal through age 5), home-based mental health intervention that serves young children and families most impacted by systemic and structural inequities. The aim of the program is to intervene early to promote nurturing, protective relationships which can both heal and prevent damage to the child’s … Read more >
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.
Concrete tools to support the social/emotional development of children 2-5 years old. Identifying the most important needs of a child and working with those needs to help them grow and develop with positive behaviors. This course helps to reduce challenging behaviors and supports the ongoing relationship of child and caregiver.