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ECCLA’s New Executive Director

I am excited to introduce Maegan Lokteff, PhD as the next Executive Director of ECCLA!  Many know Maegan from her work the past 6 years as the Executive Director of Grand Beginnings which covers both Grand and Jackson counties. She has worked her way from being a preschool teacher to conducting research in our field. She loves to work collaboratively and build partnerships which, in turn, helps to create systemic change. She is looking forward to continuing this work representing ECCLA and the statewide network of Councils. We anticipate her starting in her new role on November 2nd, 2020 but hope to have her participate in a few things during the transition as her time allows.  Please join me in welcoming Maegan to the ECCLA team!

Also, my sincere thanks to ECCLA staff and the hiring committee for all their work during this transition.  We could not accomplish what we have without their dedication to ECCLA and our mission.


Stacy Petty, ECCLA Board President

Originally from far northern California, Maegan Lokteff has spent over 20 years working with children and families. After completing her undergraduate work at the University of Idaho with a BS in Child Development and Family Relations and a BS in Recreation, she spent the next several years working in early care and education programs, after school programs, and summer day camps as both a teacher and administrator. She has also spent several years working with families experiencing domestic violence, been a center director for a University based early care and education program, and worked as a CDA and Accreditation Coordinator for Child Care Resource and Referral in Northern Utah. In spring of 2014, Maegan completed her PhD in Family and Human Development with an emphasis in child development and early care and education at Utah State University and took over the Executive Director position for Grand Beginnings, a non-profit serving as the Early Childhood Council and Child Care Resource and Referral for Grand and Jackson counties. Maegan has a passion for building strong early childhood systems that support whole child and family development that meets the unique needs of Colorado’s diverse communities. She is excited to be moving this work from the local to the state level as she joins ECCLA and looks forward to continuing to work towards the shared vision that all Colorado children are healthy, valued, and thriving.

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