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.

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 >

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.

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 >

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 >

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship

Early childhood professionals who have higher education have been shown to have a better understanding of child development and to be more responsive to the educational and academic needs of young children. The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program offers early childhood education program directors and teachers a pathway to pursue higher education. Access to … 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 >

SLV Early Childhood Systems Building

We build organizational and community capacity to ensure: sound policy, strong partnerships, sufficient investments, robust public engagement, shared accountability, effective leadership and relevant education opportunities. Grassroots advocacy to encourage early childhood policy by engaging professionals, community leaders, and other citizens joined together by their concern for the well-being of Colorado’s children. Collect and analyze data, … Read more >

SLV Colorado Shines Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement Rating Information System (QRIS): Licensed child care programs go through a program rating every 3 years (voluntarily) working to achieve a Quality Rating (Level 1 = licensing, Level 2 = more training; level 3-5 is considered high quality). This program provides technical assistance from the QI coach to become licensed, update child care … Read more >