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Meet ECCLA’s New Executive Director

Dear Councils, Funders and Partners, I am excited to introduce Dr. Amy Williamson Payton as the next Executive Director for ECCLA! Dr. Payton comes to us most recently from Oklahoma State University and has worked her way from being a preschool teacher to conducting research 

ECCLA Hosts Annual Leadership Retreat with Councils

ECCLA convened Early Childhood Councils on September 19-20, 2019 for an annual leadership retreat in beautiful Golden, CO. ECCLA’s role is to support Councils as they align resources and services for young children and families in their local communities. We generously received support from The 

Elevate Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado’s largest day of giving just around the corner. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits. Colorado Gives Day takes place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 and we invite you to donate to the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® COLORADO Scholarship Program!  As 

ECCLA Receives Grant to Help Family Child Care Homes

The Buell Foundation has awarded ECCLA with a $250,000 grant to administer a Family Child Care Home (FCCH) Facility Improvement Initiative. The purpose of the Buell Foundation’s Family Child Care Home Facility Improvement Initiative is to help Colorado families find quality care options for their 

Join the Annual ECHO Summit to Build Outdoor Learning Environments

Together, the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Initiative and ECCLA are building a supportive technical assistance network across Colorado. ECCLA engages our network of 34 Early Childhood Councils to deepen regional expertise around healthy outdoor learning environments and serves as a primary conduit to the 

ECCLA Executive Director Update

Dear ECCLA Members and Stakeholders: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA), we would like to share that we are continuing to search for a new ECCLA Executive Director and will be reposting the position within the 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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 

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