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La Plata County faces early childhood care shortage

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County and the Montelores Early Childhood Council speak about challenges within their communities regarding child well-being and child care access.
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Child poverty persists in La Plata and Montezuma counties despite low unemployment

Child poverty persists in La Plata and Montezuma counties despite low unemployment. The Montelores Early Childhood Council is working on collaboration efforts with partners to prepare kids for kindergarten.
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Custer County Prioritizes Early Childhood and Family Supports

Custer County is a remote community that sits in a beautiful valley between the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains with a total population of a little more than 4,000. Local families often have limited access to services with one local health clinic 
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Spotlight on the Impact of Childhood Trauma

A recent report on 60 minutes discussed the impact of childhood trauma and ways in which communities are working to combat toxic stress. The research shows that early interactions and positive experiences with caregivers help to shape a young child’s brain, which provides a strong 
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Councils Celebrate Young Children and Their Families

In April early childhood organizations, professionals, and advocates celebrate young children and their families by recognizing the importance of positive early childhood experiences, promoting early learning and healthy development of young children, and highlighting the role everyone plays in preventing child abuse and neglect. This 
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Councils and ECCLA “Speak up for Kids” at the State Capitol

Councils and ECCLA joined state partners at the annual “Speak up for Kids” event on March 14, 2018. This dynamic event brought together advocates to serve as a voice for children statewide. Advocates met with state legislators to share information about current legislation affecting children. 
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2018 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference a Success

ECCLA and Denver’s Early Childhood Council presented the 2018 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference on March 16-17 at the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s conference featured keynote speakers, Dr. Becky Bailey founder of Loving Guidance, Inc. and the Conscious Discipline program and Enrique “Hank” C. 
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Child care substitutes are in short supply. A new Colorado law could make them a little easier to find.

Denver’s Early Childhood Council discusses legislation to create a new child care license, streamline the process for credentialing, and allow groups to establish pools of substitute child care teachers.
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How one Colorado community plans to double its child care spots in three years

A coalition of partners on the western slope, including Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families, begins an ambitious effort to create new licensed child care slots and improve the quality of programs.
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