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Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship Program

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Why Become an Early Childhood Coach?

In the 2019 Colorado Shines Brighter (Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant) Needs Assessment, one of the top priorities for the state was to “Continue Investing in Quality-Enhancing Professional Development Opportunities and Workforce Recruitment and Retention Across the Early Care and Education Landscape” and to “Continue to Develop a Diverse Early Childhood Workforce.” A potential avenue for the advancement, retention, and recruitment of early childhood professionals is through free and accessible professional development opportunities, including coaching.  Increasing access to coaching provides opportunities for professionals to have more individualized access to knowledge specific to their individual needs and career supports. To make this opportunity possible, there needs to be credentialed coaches to meet the needs of the early childhood professionals. 

Studies have shown coaching to be one of the most effective ways to support adult educators in learning new knowledge and skills (Joyce & Showers, 2002). 

In partnership with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is offering a scholarship opportunity for early childhood professionals seeking an Early Childhood Coaching Credential. Applicants may choose between several CDEC-approved coaching programs.

Contact Us

Cameron Fall, Scholarship and Career Coordinator
Ph: (720) 899-3048
Em: cameron@ecclacolorado.org

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Eligibility Guidelines

Participants must meet the following criteria and be enrolled in a coaching credential program by June 2024:

  • Applicant is a Colorado resident
  • Applicant is currently employed (or is seeking employment) in the early childhood profession and has at least two years experience working in a licensed early childhood center or family child care home
  • Applicant has not already completed the Relationship-Based Professional Development Course or another department-approved coaching course in the past (see below for a list of department-approved coaching courses):
    • Colorado Department of Early Childhood – Relationship-Based Professional Development Course
    • Dynamic Coaching Systems – Coaching Certificate
    • Horizons in Learning – Transformational Coaching Course
    • Invest in Kids – Incredible Years Peer Coach Training
    • Healthy Child Care Colorado – Pyramid Colorado Facilitator Certification
    • Red Rocks Community College – Relationship-Based Mentoring Courses
    • University of Colorado Denver – Coaching Certificate
  • Applicant is registered within the Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
  • Applicant currently holds (or will apply for) an Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 – Level 3 or higher
  • Applicant does not currently hold (or has not held in the past) an Early Childhood Coach Credential.

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity scholarship provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations. Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are welcome to apply! 

Scholarship Commitments and Expectations

If awarded, Applicant commits to:

  • Enroll in a CDEC approved coaching credential program that is currently partnering with ECCLA.
  • Enroll in an approved coaching credential program no later than June 2024  
  • Apply for the coaching credential through PDIS within 60 days upon completion of the coaching course
  • Complete 8 hours of Reflective Supervision (RS) a year; totaling 24 hours of RS every 3 years to meet the coaching credential renewal guidelines
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of Professional Development per year to maintain your Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0

Supports Offered

  • Support in enrollment, registration, and coaching credential application
  • Support with meeting Reflective Supervision hours
  • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of your credential
  • Support with connecting to coaching resources and networks
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Approved Coaching Programs

All programs below are offered virtually unless otherwise stated. While some programs may offer a year-long, three-part Certificate in Early Childhood Coaching, ECCLA’s Coach Credential Scholarship Program will only cover the cost of Part 1 which satisfies the eligibility requirements for an Early Childhood Coach Credential in PDIS.

Reflective Supervision

Thanks to the Colorado Department of Early Childhood, ECCLA has funding to offer FREE Reflective Supervision (RS) to ANY credentialed Early Childhood Coach in Colorado who needs it! Keep reading for more information. 

The Reflective Supervision (RS) Supervisors and Consultants listed below were contracted by the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) and funded by the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) to provide group-based RS to early childhood coaches across Colorado. 

Guidelines for Early Childhood Coaches:

  • Contact the RS Supervisor directly to schedule regular RS meetings. You can click each name or email below to contact and schedule. 
    • Coaches are expected to meet with their RS Supervisor once a month for a 90 minute-2 hour session
  • RS Supervisors are on a first come-first save basis with a group limit of 4
  • Availability of RS Supervisors is subject to change
  • Interpretation/translation services are available upon request. RS Supervisors marked with a (B) are bilingual Spanish/English or have an interpreter on hand, RS Supervisors marked with a (D) have Farsi and Arabic interpreters on hand
  • Coaches will NOT be charged for sessions provided by the RS Supervisors listed here

You can click each name or email below to contact and schedule. If you are having trouble connecting with a RS Supervisor or finding a session that works with your schedule, then please reach out to Stephanie Martin.

Monday-Friday Availability

Monday & Tuesday: AM & PM

Monday-Friday: AM & PM

Monday-Friday: PM Only

Monday-Friday: AM & PM

Monday-Thursday: PM Only

Monday-Friday: AM & PM (in-person depending on location or virtual)

Weekend Availability 

Saturday & Sunday

Sunday Only

If Needed

If Needed

Saturday Only

Reflective Supervisors/Consultants: If you did NOT submit a proposal to ECCLA but still wish to offer RS, then please send an email with the following information to Stephanie Martin.

  • Name
  • Brief overview of RS experience
  • Availability
  • Cost per session
  • Method of delivery (in person or virtual)
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Frequently Asked Questions

About Coaching in Early Childhood Education

Coaching is a relationship-based process led by an expert with specialized adult learning knowledge and skills, who often serves in a different professional role than the recipient(s). Coaching is designed to build capacity for specific professional dispositions, skills, and behaviors and is focused on goal setting and achievement for an individual or group.

An early childhood coach is a professional who has the disposition, skills, reflective capacity, and adult learning expertise to work directly with other early childhood professionals to build capacity for continuous quality improvement.

Reflective supervision is a relationship-based approach that includes regular reflection and utilizes supervision as an opportunity for learning and development. Reflective supervision can take place individually or within a group setting, and encourages providers to reflect on their practices, assess and evaluate situations, and set goals. As stated by Zero to Three, the three building blocks of reflective supervision are reflection, collaboration, and regularity (2016).

 

Aligned to the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Coaches, the Colorado Early Childhood Coach Credential provides statewide recognition to early childhood professionals who have the foundational skills and dispositions necessary for effective coaching in the early childhood field. Credentialed coaches participate in department approved, coaching-specific training and engage in ongoing professional development with a trained reflective supervisor to maintain their coach credential. Professionals seeking an Early Childhood Coach Credential must:

  • Complete a CDEC-approved coaching specific training
  • Complete your coach self-assessment and individualized professional development plan in PDIS 
  • Apply for the Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 in PDIS and earn a level 3 or higher 
  • Apply for Early Childhood Coach Credential in PDIS 
  • The coach credential must be renewed within PDIS every three years. To maintain the credential, a coach must complete at least 8 hours of Reflective Supervision a year, which equates to 24 hours of Reflective Supervision needed by the renewal period 

About ECCLA's Coach Credential Scholarship Program

To be considered for an Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship, participants must meet the following criteria and be enrolled in a coaching credential program by June 2024:

  • Applicant is a Colorado resident 
  • Applicant is currently employed (or is seeking employment) in the early childhood profession and has at least two years experience working in a licensed early childhood center or family child care home
  • Applicant has not already completed Relationship-Based Professional Development or another department approved coaching program
  • Applicant is registered within the Professional Development Information System (PDIS)
  • Applicant currently holds (or will apply for) an Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 – Level 3 or higher

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity scholarship provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations. Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are welcome to apply! 

No. ECCLA’s Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship Program is for participants who have not already completed Relationship-Based Professional Development or another department approved coaching program.

For available programs, see above. All programs are offered virtually unless otherwise stated. While some programs may offer a year-long, three-part Certificate in Early Childhood Coaching, ECCLA’s Coach Credential Scholarship Program will only cover the cost of Part 1 which satisfies the eligibility requirements for an Early Childhood Coach Credential.

 

No. Some programs offer a year-long, three-part Certificate in Early Childhood Coaching. ECCLA’s Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship Program will only cover the cost of Part 1 of these specific programs, which satisfies the eligibility requirements for an Early Childhood Coach Credential in PDIS. For available programs, see above.

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