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ECCLA improves the quality, capacity, and equity of services and supports for Colorado’s young children and their families through a statewide network of Early Childhood Councils and key stakeholders. We meet this mission through local and statewide collaboration and leadership, program and policy alignment, and scaling innovation.


Colorado’s Early Childhood Councils are successful in building and strengthening a robust and sustainable early childhood system that meet local needs. Investments in early childhood services will be a social priority, and the collective impact of our work will be long-term, demonstrable, and valued.

ECCLA’s Leadership Role

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) was initially formed in 1998 as an informal collaborative among Early Childhood Councils to support each other, align efforts, communicate grant management information, share best practices, and provide local input to state policy decisions. In 2012, because of changes to the statewide system, Councils identified the need to develop an independent support organization. As a result, ECCLA was established in 2013 as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and in 2014 launched formally as a membership association.

Today, ECCLA is a collective impact leader with strong relationships among all of Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils who serve 63 of 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, we provide technical assistance and capacity building, leverage policy and advocacy, scale innovation, improve workforce supports for early childhood professionals, advance collective impact, and facilitate partnerships. In collaboration with Early Childhood Councils, our efforts enable us to effectively align, leverage, scale, and lead solutions that contribute to building and supporting Colorado’s robust early childhood system.

Our Core Values and Guiding Principles

  • We are a membership-driven organization that values collaboration, trust, and flexibility and strives to ensure all members contribute to our collective voice and power.
  • We strive to ensure that innovative best practices support the whole child and are family centered.
  • Recognizing the uniqueness of each community represented, we value geographic inclusivity, local successes and the various expertise and differing perspectives of all members.
  • We make data-driven decisions toward intended outcomes that are in the best interest of all children, families and early childhood providers.
  • We strive to be culturally relevant and responsive.
  • We follow the established intent of Early Childhood Councils to use a strengths-based, cross-domain, multi-system approach.
  • We support and retain high caliber staff; establish an inclusive, innovative and supportive work environment; and maximize professional growth and development.