We are a community, working together, to ensure all children are valued, healthy, and thriving in school and life.
Early Head Start of the San Luis Valley recognizes that all of the domains of child development are interrelated. For example, healthy social-emotional development is the foundation for cognitive development, and physical development has the power to affect language and literacy skills.
One of our main goals at the Early Childhood Council is to prepare children for learning and to make sure they are ready for school, even from infancy. We have established Early Head Start goals in 5 main learning paths to accomplish school readiness. Click on any of the 5 learning paths below to read specific goals for our Early Head Start programs:
- Approach to Learning
- Langauge and Literacy
- Physical Development and Health
- Social / Emotional
- Cognitive and General Knowledge
Mission: Our mission is to create an optimal community for young children, whose early experiences are critical to life-long learning, by creating a high quality early childhood system where professionals and services are connected, coordinated and comprehensive.
Great bipartisan work to make this happen!
5280.com How a bipartisan effort between a Boulder Democrat and a Salida Republican spurred the Colorado legislature to fund full-day kindergarten.
Congrats to all the deserving nominees!
alamosanews.com VALLEY — The following are the nomiees for Educator of the Year. The banquet was last week.
insidephilanthropy.com Even as early childhood learning gains momentum, many foundations still focus on work closest to home. Which is why the emergence of J.B. and M.K. Pritzker as national funders in this space is a big deal. We take stock of the latest move by their Pritzker Children’s Initiative.
This is certainly something to keep an eye on. We will provide updates as they are available.
chalkbeat.org A Colorado anti-tax group targets a bill allowing local voters to approve tax funding for care of infants, toddlers and preschoolers
Next big thing?
blogs.edweek.org Waterford UPSTART, an online program that offers literacy and math enrichment lessons aimed at preschoolers, received support from a philanthropy dedicated to funding "bold ideas for social change."
Great info regarding working in Early Childhood Education. This is a great study to cite information from in your own work!
Congratulations to Preschool Director Lacy Reed who received the "Boots on the Ground" Award from the San Luis Valley Joint Inter-agency Oversight Group! Lacy has been instrumental in providing quality preschool opportunities for families in our district. Prior to Lacy’s directorship, Mountain Valley offered only half-day preschool. Lacy has worked to provide full-day preschool to all of our students, ensuring that they have a nurturing environment and adequate nutrition throughout the day. Additionally, during her first year, Lacy increased our preschool rating from a Colorado Shines rating of 1 to a 4, only missing a 5 (the highest rating) due to the fact that our facility does not have an ADA accessible bathroom. Lacy has fought for preschool funding for our families. When she started, only 5 and a half positions were fully funded. Currently, all twelve of our preschoolers receive full funding and families do not have to pay a dime. Lacy continues to write grants to provide the best learning environment and opportunities for our students and families. Lacy has a heart for children and will fight to the end to ensure that their needs are met, both physically and emotionally. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Boots on the Ground Award!
Great to see the unanimous support!
chalkbeat.org Full-steam ahead: Colorado lawmakers on the House Education Committee gave unanimous support to a bill to fund full-day kindergarten.
Lots of options!
earlychildhoodeducationzone.com The first years of our lives are a formative period that can lay the foundation for our growth into adulthood, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. A degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you with the skills necessary to help cultivate healthy growth in children, shaping their lives a...
medicalxpress.com Parents often have different expectations for their three- to five-year-old children when they attend an early learning centre. Some parents expect their child to engage in academic learning activities or "real learning". Academic activities are associated with formal school-based learning such as w...
bostonglobe.com Through DRIVE, seven local child care organizations will undertake developmental screening of children under 5 to identify children who need services to prepare them for school.
Jordana Ash, Early Childhood Mental Health Director for the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood, speaks about the importance of a...
[05/08/18] For the Operations Clerk job posting below, you may also send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected] by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 11. Thanks and have a great day!
chalkbeat.org No one was more jarred by a bill to remove test scores from teacher evaluations than advocates who convinced the state to go that direction in the first place.
This is a really interesting perspective and way to look at the value of ECE.
bizjournals.com Notice the gap: $55,599 is the average salary in Charlotte (Census Bureau 2016), and early child care or education can be upwards of $11,400 a year for a child. Then add the funds for a family’s food, utilities, home, insurance, transportation …
kfyrtv.com Early childhood educators say too many preschoolers lack conventional sensory skills because they're already too tied up into technology.
insidephilanthropy.com Early childhood education is picking up steam among philanthropic givers, but most work is still concentrated at the local level. This national funder collaborative is looking to better connect the dots.
Share and wear blue this Friday!
co4kids.org April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Wear Blue Day is a chance to highlight the way that we are joining with organizations and individuals across Colorado and the country to bring awareness to prevention.
co4kids.org One of the most effective ways to prevent child abuse is to strengthen families. Below are 50+ ways for neighbors, community organizations, employers, people in the service industry and spiritual community to strengthen families.
nmpoliticalreport.com In New Mexico, 90 percent of Native American 4th graders are below reading proficiency levels. Only 61 percent of African American high schoolers graduate in four years. Hispanic/Latino households …
alamosanews.com WASHINGTON, D.C. – Local advocates from Denver, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Alamosa, Aurora and Centennial, including students from Metro State University and a local high school and Ty Coleman, mayor of Alamosa, will travel to Washington, D.C.
Great video on a resource preventing suspensions and expulsions in ECE settings.
A brief 4 minute overview of the issue and introduction to preventexpulsoin.org and guide.
sciencedaily.com A study of more than 60,000 children enrolled in Norway's universal early education system has found the program improves language skills and narrows achievement gaps.
NEW JOB POSTING WITH ECCSLV
Early Childhood Council San Luis Valley is seeking an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant for 30 to 40 hours per week. Qualified candidate must have a license-eligible master’s degree in social work or counseling. Preferred applicants will have a focus on early childhood mental health. The qualified candidate will be endorsed, or be willing to work towards the Infant Mental Health Endorsement. Consultants will participate in support calls with the state and reflective supervisor. Early childhood mental health consultation will be provided in early care and education settings and shall include reflective practice designed to build the knowledge and skills of early care and learning providers to respond to children’s social emotional development needs. Consultation shall be provided at both program and child-specific service levels. Qualified individuals can submit a letter of interest along with resume or vitae to [email protected] or at 715 Main Street, Alamosa, CO 81101 by March 12, 2018
chalkbeat.org Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in […]
chalkbeat.org A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House […]
chalkbeat.org Colorado already picks up part of the cost of school lunch for elementary-aged children from low-income families.
Great opportunity for SLV Youth!
alamosanews.com ALAMOSA — The City of Alamosa and project partners invite the public to a ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Multi-Purpose Pavilion/Ice Rink at 2242 Old Sanford Road, Alamosa (next to the Alamosa Family Rec Center) on Wednesday, January 31 at 1 p.m.
chalkbeat.org Colorado’s new minimum wage of $10.20 an hour is a good step for the state’s child care workers, but comes […]
piton.org Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign The Piton Foundation considers tax credits for working families, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to be important tools for increasing the financial security of Colorado families. For more than 25 years, Piton has conducted....
chalkbeat.org A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid […]
Check out this article - always a good idea to place limits on the amount of time children spend on technology devices and ensure they spend time with books, friends and outside
nytimes.com Two major shareholders argued that Apple should head off a potential reckoning by proactively helping parents limit how children use the company’s technology.
Hope everyone had a nice weekend!
wbur.org Increased public investment in early education is important, writes Anne Douglass. But it must occur in tandem with increased training in entrepreneurial leadership for educators.
kpvi.com Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children News Release:
heraldsun.com I’d like to challenge all of Durham to speak out about the urgent need to do everything necessary to prepare our children for school and for adult life, and I urge all our leaders to make it happen, even if we must raise taxes (as we must).
savannahnow.com The Savannah City Council recently considered an initiative to establish an early childhood education program in a proposed new facility. A Savannah Morning News article indicated the Council had not been sufficiently informed regarding the concept and delayed consideration of the concept.
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nytimes.com A program prompted by a challenge from the Dalai Lama is bringing kindness training to the classroom. Research suggests it helps.
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chalkbeat.org Nearly 70 percent of schools received the state’s highest quality rating.
denverpost.com While state education officials are sharing their proposals aimed at ending the teacher shortage in Colorado, the state’s largest teacher association says the overall plan lacks specifics and…
Interesting article that affects a lot of families. Give us a call (719) 937-4010 if you need information on the childcare options available across the San Luis Valley.
chalkbeat.org Recognizing how widespread that type of care is and putting a renewed value on those providers could help close stubborn […]
Offering diverse photography classes and workshops to the local community. Also, I sell prints and photography services.
The Grizzly Activity Board (GAB) is an organization that is dedicated to engaging the study body through various events that are performed in a safe & responsible manner in an effort to inspire pride among the students at Adams State University.
ASU C.A.S.A. Center fosters an environment that promotes learning, celebrates cultures, develops leadership and student success with a global perspective.
The Knights of Columbus is a charitable organization that serves the Church, the community, and our brotherhood of Knights.
SaLVO is a group of enthusiastic paperfolders dedicated to spreading the joy of origami throughout the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado.
A multi-purpose workshop and meeting space for inquisitive minds. A place to discover, build, create, and understand interesting things.
VEGI (the Valley Educational Gardens Initiative) cultivates garden-based nutrition education and community gardens throughout the San Luis Valley- join us!
Courses in Fine Woodworking in Alamosa CO
Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday's at 1900 hours.
Grizzly Video is a non-profit student-run media organization on the campus of Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.