Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley

The Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley is a community working together to ensure all children are valued, healthy and thriving in school and life.

*The ECC SLV works with 54 licensed providers including 21 Family Child Care Homes, 8 full day, full year Child Care Centers, 23 part day, part year Preschool Service Providers (Head Start, Migrant & Seasonal Head Start, Colorado Preschool Programs) and 2 School Age Programs. *In 2010 the ECC SLV became the only organzation in the six state region VII to become a new Early Head Start Grantee, bringing in just over $2 Million to the SLV through 2012. * Early Head Start is providing 72 families with comprehensive child care services for children ages birth to 3 by contracting with licensed child care providers. *The ECC SLV and Valley school districts have increased the number of CPP slots by 48% from 264 in 1999, to 453 in 2010. *The school Readiness Project, funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services for the last 7 years, grants on average of 100,000 each year to the ECC SLV for increasing the school readiness of children. *Using the Qualistar Rating System, which illustrates the level of a program's quality, 72 classroom have been rated with 71% of the classrooms receiving 3 out of 4 stars, or higher. 78% of licensed providers have been rated. *Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation has funded our Professional Development Project for 8 years, granting over 600,000 to create a system of education and training that promotes optimal development in young children. *Through our work in Professional Development, 56% of childcare workers in the SLV have earned a Colorado Early Childhood Professional Credential; for every 12 licensed slots, there is 1 credentialed professional.


Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative | CDE

Toxic Stress in the First Three Years: Understanding and Mitigating the Lifelong Impacts", which will be held in Aurora on January 16th, 2014. We are very excited to be part of this multi-year journey with other Coloradans who are dedicated to working to diminish the incidence and effects of toxic stress for our youngest children. The speakers and participants in the January 16th conference will help us to better understand what toxic stress is, what it means for infants and toddlers, and how we might begin to identify concrete ways to positively impact this issue.

This is such an important issue for those of us working in the infant toddler field! Please consider attending this conference and adding your voice to the conversation. If you are an active EQ instructor, EQIT coach, or EQ Team lead, and are willing to work with the EQ Initiative and others in your community on this issue, we would like to support your attendance at this conference. We will reimburse your conference registration fee, as well as mileage and lodging (for those traveling more than 50 miles to the conference in Aurora).

If you would like to take advantage of this support, we ask that you do 3 things: 1) Register for the conference ASAP, 2) Actively participate in at least one of several EQ webinars on this topic which will take place following the conference, AND 3) Create and share with us an action plan for what you will do with the information provided during the conference (we'll provide a template).

We want to work with you to build on this upcoming opportunity so, if you haven't already done so, please let us know that you are interested and planning to attend the conference. We'll provide more details on the webinars, action plans, and reimbursement procedures in early January.

You must register for this conference ASAP if you plan to attend as there has already been a tremendous response. We expect there will soon be a waiting list for attendance. Note that there is an option for ONLINE participation for those from outside the metro area. Please let me know if you have any questions about the conference or this opportunity.

Take care,


Jo Koehn, MSW | Program Director, Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative | Office of Early Learning & School Readiness | Colorado Department of Education | 201 E Colfax Ave, # 212, Denver, CO 80203 | Phone: (303) 866-6706 | http://www.cde.state.co.us/early/EQInfant_Toddler.htm


You are invited to the following event:

Toxic Stress in the First Three Years: Understanding and Mitigating the Lifelong Impacts

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:


Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (MST)

The Summit Conference & Event Center
411 Sable Blvd. N.
Aurora, CO 80011

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Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Garlic Oil Recipe - Oprah.com

Lets make the Recipe Wednesday!!!!

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Here's an excellent example of how quick and easy it is to make a warming homemade soup. It's lusciously creamy even though it's dairy-free.

Serves 4 to 6

•3 Tbsp. organic extra-virgin olive oil
•5 cups small cauliflower florets (from 1 small head)
•1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
•8 garlic cloves, minced
•2 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh oregano leaves
•2 tsp. coarsely chopped fresh sage leaves
•4 cups organic reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
•Fine sea salt to taste
•Freshly ground black pepper to taste
•3 Tbsp. roasted garlic oil (optional)


In a large saucepan or small stockpot over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the onion, garlic, oregano, and sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender and the entire mixture is beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the stock, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer, and cook until the cauliflower is very tender, about 5 minutes. Working in batches if necessary, transfer the soup to a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender, and puree (be careful—the mixture will be hot), scraping down the bowl or jar as necessary.

Reheat the soup if necessary and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot, drizzled with the garlic oil, if using.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Clean Plates Cookbook © 2012 by Jared Koch with Jill Silverman Hough, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

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Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/Cauliflower-Soup-with-Roasted-Garlic-Oil-Recipe#ixzz2dwBXM3ah

oprah.com Here's an excellent example of how quick and easy it is to make a warming homemade soup. It's lusciously creamy even though it's dairy-free.

[08/19/13]   Vygotsky's Developmental Theory:
An Introduction

Play: The Work of Lev Vygotsky

Those who have worked with children for many years appreciate the significance of play in childhood. Play is considered so vital to child development that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (comment #34) identifies play an essential right of every child.

Imaginative play is a crucial component of a child's normal development. What may seem to be a simple and uncomplicated way for children to entertain themselves is actually a complex process that affects all aspects of a child's life. Play shapes how children make sense of their worlds, how they learn thinking skills, and how they acquire language.

So how does imaginative play boost a child's brain development? How can it affect cognition? There are a multitude of ways in which unstructured, child-centered play builds healthy minds.

Language development and play.
Children have dialogues with themselves when they engage in imaginative play. Role-playing means creating a story and giving a voice to the different characters in the story. When children imitate others, they are developing a vocabulary that allows them to name and navigate the world around them. Less verbal children may talk more during imaginative play than in other settings.

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky 's theory of cognitive development posits that information from the external world is transformed and internalized through language. Since language is both a symbolic system of communication and a cultural tool used to transmit culture and history, play is an essential part of both language development and a child's understanding of the external world. When a child is at play, he or she is in a constant dialogue either with self or others.

Children at play are making sense of the world through a process of "inner speech" - that is, they are often talking out loud to themselves. As adults, we lose this capacity because it is not socially sanctioned.

If we really listen to children at play, we can hear the way they converse with themselves in order to make sense of the external world. Mimicking adults is often the most obvious way this process can be observed. ("Now, let's wash our hands and eat supper" a child playing "family" might say, for instance).

According to Vygotsky, language also serves the purpose of regulation, or self-control over one's own cognitive processes such as memory and thought. As we develop, we transition from being other-regulated to being self-regulated in our cognitive processes. Discovering language via play is an essential part of this transition.

The social interaction of play develops cognition.
Vygotsky was also interested in the role of social interaction on cognitive development and argued that development first takes place socially. That is, children observe parental behavior, listen to parents' speech, and then try to imitate them. As children practice through imitation, parents will guide children, correct them, and provide challenges. Through child-centered play, children take on different roles and try out different language uses, all of which help them on the journey from being externally regulated to internally regulated in cognition. Through play, children become more competent in their language use and begin to regulate their own thought processes.

Problem solving skills and play.
Vygotsky proposed that a child's performance differs between instances in which he tries to solve a problem alone and when another child or adult assists the child. He refers to this difference as the "zone of proximal development." How does this relate to play? If a child is learning to complete a task, such as building a bridge with blocks, and a more competent person provides assistance, then the child is able to move into a new zone of development and problem solving. Vygotsky refers to this process of assisting as "scaffolding," which helps bridge the difference between a child's current level of problem-solving and his potential for more complex problem solving.

Imaginative play is essential to cognitive development, but it is becoming endangered by our busy lives. Children who do not engage in imaginative play because their time is overly structured or spent watching television or other forms of media are not developing the language and reasoning skills that are so critical to early childhood development. (References listed in the sidebar.)

Please review the resources on both Vgyotsky & play to compliment the education and training that you provide. And, do not hesitate to call us if we can be of assistance.

Very best regards,

Margie Wagner and Callie Little
Child Development Media, Inc.
5632 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite 286
Van Nuys, CA 91401
Tel: 800-405-8942

[08/19/13]   Fire Extinguisher Training!!!!!!!!!

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. the Alamosa Fire Dept. will conduct training for the receptionists on the proper use of fire extinguishers. The training will be in the parking lot here at Kavleys. If you would like to attend, please feel free to join us!

Let's Move Child Care Training 8/23/2013

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Child and Adult
Care Food Program in partnership with Healthy Childcare Colorado invite you
to participate in a unique and *free *workshop focusing on Let's Move Child
Care. Please see the attached flyers for additional information and feel
free to pass this email along.

*Let’s Move!** Child Care Technical Assistance Workshop*

*Tools for Providers that Serve Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers*
*Workshop Details*

*When: August 23, 2013*

*Where:* *The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment*

*Sabin/Cleere Room*

*4300 Cherry Creek Drive South *

*Denver, CO 80246*

*Time: 8:30-12:30*

*Who: Childcare/Early Education Providers *

*Contact: Jodi Birkofer *

*[email protected]*
**Continuing Education Credits: 4 hours for Health & Safety (Colorado CC



[08/12/13]   Congratulations to our winner Laura Barr!!! Please call the Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley to claim your tickets to the 11th annual ECC awards banquet. 719-587-5364

[08/08/13]   --The Early Childhood Councils book loan project for the FALL 2013. Will pay for your used books in ECE classes only. Books on Loan this year are:
NONPROFIT bookkeeping & Accounting for Dummies
NONPROFIT Management Principles and Practice Second Edition
A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom.
Please call Sunny Finley to find out more information. 719-587-5364

[08/08/13]   Community College of Denver is offering ECE classes 101, 103 and 111 for more information visit www.ccd.edu



Little Kids, Big Questions: A Parenting Podcast Series From ZERO TO THREE™

zerotothree.org ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.


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New Professional Development Resource
for Institutions of Higher Education

Infant-Toddler Online Associate Degree Courses

The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) Higher Education Workspace now offers Infant-Toddler Online Associate Degree Courses. Colleges and universities may use these online courses as part of a degree program focused on infant and toddler development and care. They can be easily incorporated into an existing college course or grouped together to make up an entire Associate Degree program. The courses are designed to enrich the curricula of higher education institutions and to increase the professional development and degree options of the infant and toddler workforce.

The resource is packaged into 30 modules—15 English and 15 Spanish. Each contains a video of effective practice, interviews with child development experts, reflection exercises, and relevant readings. An Instructor's Guide also is provided. It includes related Head Start Program Performance Standards and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program quality standards for each module.

Each Module Includes:

A brief overview of the content

Why it's important to support professional development in early care and education

Information for programs to share with their higher education partners

Support for colleges and universities accessing the modules
Who will benefit?

These courses will benefit an array of audience members, including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start program directors and staff serving infants and toddlers; T/TA managers; T/TA providers; federal and regional office staff; State Collaboration Offices; and all institutions of higher education that offer infant and toddler coursework.

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are encouraged to share this information with the colleges and universities in their community.

How to Access the Modules:

The modules are available for institutions of higher education as downloadable zip drives and PDFs through the ECLKC Workspace. Visit the ECLKC for more information: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early Head Start/itech

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