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ECCLA Releases Brief Highlighting the Impact of Early Childhood Council Workforce Support Strategies Across Colorado

Wheat Ridge, CO (Oct. 24, 2022) – In recognition of the critical work that Colorado’s Early Childhood Councils do to address the need for a qualified and supported early childhood workforce, the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) has released the Early Childhood Council Impact Brief: Workforce Supports to highlight those efforts. While the early childhood education field has not received the sustainable investments it needs to fully meet the needs of children, families, and educators, Colorado’s Early Childhood Councils have continued to undertake the challenge of keeping the system going across the state through a variety of innovative approaches and strategic community partnerships.

The highlighted approaches focus on addressing three key components: expanding pathways for the early childhood workforce, supporting access to and quality of child care, and sustaining and growing the early childhood field. All Early Childhood Councils are working to build the workforce in their communities, however this brief highlights strategies from the following Councils:

  • Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council
  • Bright Futures (Delta, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, and San Miguel Counties)
  • Broomfield Early Childhood Council
  • Chaffee Early Childhood Council
  • Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Lincoln Early Childhood Council
  • Denver’s Early Childhood Council
  • Early Childhood Council of Boulder County
  • Early Childhood Council of La Plata County
  • Early Childhood Council of Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick
  • Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties)
  • Early Childhood Options (Summit County)
  • Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County
  • ECHO & Family Center Early Childhood Council (Fremont County)
  • Grand Beginnings (Grand and Jackson Counties)
  • Gunnison-Hinsdale Early Childhood Council
  • Joint Initiatives Alliance for Kids (El Paso County)
  • Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families
  • Montelores Early Childhood Council (Montezuma and Delores Counties)
  • Pueblo Early Childhood Council
  • Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council (Eagle, Lake, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties)
  • Teller Park Early Childhood Council
  • Triad Early Childhood Council (Clear Creek, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties)
  • Weld County’s Early Childhood Council

Click here to read the full brief. To learn more about Colorado’s Early Childhood Council system or find a Council on the interactive map, visit


The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is a collective impact leader with strong relationships among all of Colorado’s 35 Early Childhood Councils serving all 64 counties. We are a collective voice and statewide hub which leverages the expertise and network of Early Childhood Councils to advance shared outcomes for young children, families, and the early childhood workforce. As the membership association for Early Childhood Councils, ECCLA provides technical assistance and capacity building, leverages policy and advocacy, scales innovation, improves workforce supports for early childhood professionals, advances collective impact, and facilitates partnerships. To learn more, visit us at

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