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Giving Thought: Quality counts in early education

An Aspen community leader describes the need for quality child care and the current limited capacity to serve families. She discusses how local organizations including Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council work to support child care providers and increase quality and accessibility.
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Op-Ed: Early childhood learning yields lifelong rewards

Connections4Kids provides an op-ed on the research and benefits of early childhood investments. They discuss how this looks in their local community which includes Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
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ECCLA and Councils Support Early Childhood Legislation

The 2019 Colorado legislative session began in early-January. ECCLA and several Councils have already signed on to support legislative bills aimed at helping young children, families, and communities thrive. Check back throughout the legislative session to learn more about bills supported by ECCLA and Councils. HB 
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2Generation Pilots Partner with Local Early Childhood Councils

2Generation Opportunities, or 2GO, is an effort to help communities innovate and create their own ways of engaging in a two-generation approach to service delivery. In November 2018, the 2GO pilot awarded 10 grants of $100,000 each to regional and community collaborators who have proposed innovative ways to 
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Opportunities for Child Care Providers to Enhance Outdoor Learning

Outdoor environments encourage play and learning which supports child development. Understanding the importance of outdoor environments, The National Wildlife Federation and North Carolina State University’s Natural Learning Initiative with local funders partnered to bring the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) initiative to Colorado. The ECHO 
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ECCLA and Councils Partner with Get Ahead Colorado

Get Ahead Colorado, an initiative of the Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments, aims to increase the number of eligible families receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, and other valuable credits that help families get ahead. This year, Get Ahead Colorado 
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Register Today for RMECC 2019

Now entering the eighth year, Denver’s Early Childhood Council and the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) have partnered to present RMECC. This year the conference will be hosted March 1-2, 2019 at a new location – the Sheraton Denver Downtown. New this year, we’re 
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Early Childhood Advocacy Training Engages Councils

In December 2018, ECCLA partnered with Child Care Works, Raise Colorado, Colorado Children’s Campaign, and Clayton Early Learning to support an advocacy training for child advocates across Colorado. Funding from the Think Babies campaign enable Early Childhood Council leaders to attend from all corners of 
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Letter from Our Executive Director

Hello Friends and Partners of ECCLA! We hope that 2019 is off to a great start for you, and we are excited about what the new year holds for Colorado’s young children and their families. We have been extremely busy these last few months, finalizing 
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Could a New Universal Preschool Program in a Colorado Resort Community Help Propel a Statewide Effort?

Early Childhood Options, the Early Childhood Council of Summit County discusses a new property tax approved by voters that will support expanding preschool for local residents.
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