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Announcing ECCLA’s Interim Director

On behalf of the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) Board of Directors, we are excited to announce Heather Hanna will be stepping in as Interim Director, beginning August 6, 2020, following the resignation of Amy Payton, Executive Director.  We are saddened than Amy is 

ECCLA Awards Facilities Improvement Grants to Family Child Care Homes in Colorado

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning environments, the Buell Foundation granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This opportunity is intended to 

Executive Director Update: Spring 2020

Hello friends of ECCLA, As I look back over the last few months it is amazing how much our world has changed since I last wrote to you in late February. The last several months have been challenging for us all in many ways. Since 

Councils Respond to COVID-19 with Supports for Families and Providers

Across Colorado, families and communities have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, family child care arrangements have been disrupted and supplies have been difficult to find on store shelves. In local communities, Colorado’s Early Childhood Councils are playing an important role in supporting 

ECCLA Makes Exciting Changes to Advance our Mission

In 2019, under the prudent direction of our Board of Directors, ECCLA successfully navigated significant programmatic and partnership growth while securing new leadership for the organization. Our mission to improve the quality, capacity, and equity of services and supports for Colorado’s young children and their 

ECCLA’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

How You Can Help: Take Action: Contact your representative to ensure Colorado early care and education providers, children and families are included in any stimulus package. Stay Connected: Latest Information on COVID-19 from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Read: COVID-19: Our Response 

Greetings from ECCLA’s New Executive Director

Hello Friends of ECCLA! I am thrilled to be writing you my first newsletter update as Executive Director of the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA). I began serving in this role in early January and what a whirlwind the last (almost) two months have 

2018-19 T.E.A.C.H. National Program Report and Colorado Profile

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center celebrates 30 years of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Program. T.E.A.C.H was initially created to address the multiple challenges of a minimally educated workforce, making poverty level wages resulting in very high turnover rates. The 2018-19 T.E.A.C.H. National Program Report 

ECCLA Collaborates on an Early Childhood Census Toolkit

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) has teamed up with the Colorado Children’s Campaign to collaborate on an early childhood Census toolkit which provides local communities with resources for outreach to families. Every 10 years, the Census aims to count every person living in 

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 

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