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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.

Liz Houston
Executive Director

(720) 588-2841

Hendrik Kopperl
Director of Finance and Operations
Rick Winter
Director of Data, Evaluation & Member Support

(720) 588-2842

Heather Hanna
Director of Membership and Communication
Sarah Goldman-Foster
Administrative and Events Specialist

(720) 296-0633

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.