Join Our Newsletter


ECCLA’s mission is to improve access to quality services and supports for young children by developing a strong statewide network of Early Childhood Council leaders and key stakeholders. As a membership association, ECCLA supports Council members by providing technical assistance and capacity building, implementing shared measurement for collective impact, advocating for policies affecting early childhood issues, leveraging statewide partnerships, and serving as the voice for Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils.

To learn more about each ECCLA staff member click on their photo.

Jennifer Sanchez McDonald
Interim Executive Director

(719) 845-0463
Contact Jennifer

Hendrik Kopperl
Director of Finance and Operations

(720) 588-2902

Contact Hendrik

Heather Hanna
Director of Membership and Communication

(720) 899-3048

Contact Heather

Rick Winter
Director of Data, Evaluation & Member Support

(720) 588-2842

Contact Rick

Sarah Goldman-Foster
Administrative and Events Specialist

(720) 296-0633

Contact Sarah

Shannon Hall
Manager of Scholarships

(720) 899-3047
Contact Shannon

Early Childhood Council Leaders

Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils (representing 61 out of 64 counties) have a unique role within their local communities to serve as an early childhood hub. Together, Councils improve the quality of early learning environments to prepare young children to enter kindergarten; build the resources and skills of families; ensure families have access to social, physical, and mental health services; and deliver resources to increase the effectiveness of early childhood professionals.

To learn more about the Early Childhood Council click on the Council leader’s photo.