Early Childhood Council SLV

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.


Establishing the building blocks of high-quality, early childhood education

thehill.com Teachers must be at the core of any effort to transform the early learning system


Supporting Early Childhood Education Professionals (Part Three)

zerotothree.org Presented by Sarah LeMoine and Kristen Greene from ZERO TO THREE & Mindy Bennett and Karen Ruprecht from Child Care Aware® of America.


Colorado has more children, but fewer young students entering public schools

Interesting article coming out of Colorado Springs!

gazette.com Colorado is increasing its number of children and their diversity, says the 2019 Kids Count from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


How rural Colorado counties used app to reach more kids with developmental delays


coloradopolitics.com A decade ago young children who missed key developmental milestones — like walking or talking — too often fell through the cracks in northern Colorado’s Grand and Jackson counties.


What the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates say about education


chalkbeat.org Chalkbeat's cheat sheet to what Biden, Booker, Castro, Harris, Sanders, Warren (and many more) say about pre-K, charter schools, free college, and other education issues.


Colorado’s kindergarten landscape will even out, with benefits flowing to state’s wealthiest, poorest families


coloradosun.com A decade after some districts pushed back against Gov. Ritter's full-day kindergarten plan, most consider it essential.


4 takeaways from Polis' first Western Governors Association annual meeting

coloradopolitics.com A dozen western governors convened for the confab.


Establishing the building blocks of high-quality, early childhood education

thehill.com Teachers must be at the core of any effort to transform the early learning system


PERRY: Colorado’s funding full-day kindergarten is much more than kid stuff - Sentinel Colorado

sentinelcolorado.com It wasn’t flashy or groundbreaking, but Colorado took a giant leap forward this month in improving the lives of thousands, reducing the cost of government and shoring up the shrinking middle class. It’s all about kindergarten. After the determination of Gov. Jared Polis and bi-partisan block of ...


Governor signs final bills from 2019 session

gjsentinel.com Gov. Jared Polis celebrated the final day he had to sign bills approved during this year's session of the Colorado Legislature by signing no bills on Tuesday.


Denver Preschool Program Welcomes New President & CEO, Elsa Holguín

prnewswire.com Holguín selected for her extensive experience and esteemed reputation within Colorado's early childhood education community DENVER, June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/...


Report from the State House

Check it out!

montevistajournal.com The 2019 legislation session is officially over, here is a wrap up of the past 120 days:


Click to Play Video Introduction

The video below will take you to an activity on building resilience in a community and how that aides in child development.

This video is an introduction for Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game. In this interactive feature, you will learn how the choices we make can help child...


How Joe Biden would address K-12 and early childhood education

As education plans and proposals are released from all sides and candidates, we will share them for you here.

politico.com He is focused on increasing teacher pay, making pre-school universal and boosting investments in K-12 school support services.


Moms often don't get the mental health resources they need

9news.com Pregnancy-related depression and anxiety is the most common complication of pregnancy. A recent study found that many moms don't get the help they need.


Research Finds Early Childhood Education Strengthens Families


news.wttw.com New research by the University of Chicago finds that disadvantaged children who received high-quality early childhood education are reaping the benefits of that program 50 years later – and so are their offspring.


What Colorado lawmakers did for education in 2019

chalkbeat.org On kindergarten, mental health, and reading, Colorado schools and students scored some big wins during the 2019 legislative session.


These are the 7 Colorado education bills being signed today

thedenverchannel.com Gov. Jared Polis on Monday was signing seven new education bills into law, on issues from student loans and financial aid to limits on suspensions for younger students.

Congratulations to Centennial Preschool and Early Head Start Program for receiving the first Colorado Shines Quality Level 5 rating in the San Luis Valley!

[05/14/19]   🎉
Saturday, May 18, Head Start will turn 54 years old! This year is particularly special because it is also the 25th birthday of Early Head Start-which was authorized in 1994 to address the needs of low-income pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. The creation of Early Head Start is just one of the many ways Head Start has evolved over time to better support the changing needs of our most vulnerable children and families.


Colorado Legislature Passes Bill to Fund Full-Day Kindergarten

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.


Educator of the Year nominees

Congrats to all the deserving nominees!

alamosanews.com VALLEY — The following are the nomiees for Educator of the Year. The banquet was last week.


A Growing Backer of Early Childhood Learning Steps up with Another Set of National Grants

Great news!

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.


Early Childhood Education Research

Here what science says about Early Childhood Education. To support our early years, visit www.patreon.com/sprouts Source: 30 Million Word Difference http://w...


Anti-tax groups target Colorado early-ed taxes

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


Is Online Early-Childhood Education the Next Big Thing?

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!


Colorado full-day kindergarten bill clears first legislative hurdle

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.


What Careers Can I have with an Early Childhood Education Degree? - Early Childhood Education Zone

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...


Colorado districts moving quickly toward full-day kindergarten, complicating funding debate

chalkbeat.org Bipartisan legislation to fund full-day kindergarten gets its first hearing this week. There is significant political momentum, even as long-term funding questions remain.

HB-1052: Signed into law! The graphics below tell you more about what HB-1052 does! Have a great Monday!

Governor Jared Polis

Great video!

Proud to be sign bipartisan legislation to empower local communities to lower cost and increase access to early childhood education!


Why Early Childhood Education Is a Rewarding Job

In order to provide the benefit of Early Childhood Education to the families in our communities, we need people to enter into this rewarding field. Check out this article on why this is a rewarding field to enter.

educationdegree.com If you’re looking into the early childhood education career outlook, here are 5 reasons why this can be a rewarding and promising career path..

Here is some more info on the benefits of Full-Day Kindergarten!


Prioritizing your child's development

10news.com Having healthy kids is important. But how do you know what kind of physical, social or emotional development your child may need?

Full-Day Kindergarten Bill introduced! Here is more information!


Can Artificial Intelligence Help Enhance the Quality of Early Childhood Education?

Check out this interesting article!

thriveglobal.com The quality of early childhood education is critical, not only for the children and their families, but also for us as a civilized society that is facing growing social divisions which might be either alleviated or furthered by the impact of AI.

Happy Monday from ECCSLV! Have a great week!

[03/14/19]   We are moving! And our former offices are available.

Office Space with Large Conference Room: Prime office space for rent in downtown Alamosa - 715 Main Street. Store front property approximately 5800 square ft. 11 offices, areas to create more work stations or meeting space, large 1365 sq. ft. conference room/storage space, 2 restrooms, 2 kitchen areas. Partial space is negotiable. Call 719-480-3297 for more information or to see property.

[03/13/19]   The Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley is seeking applicants for a full-time, year-round position as Parents as Teachers (PAT) Home Visitor. Position is responsible for providing professional parent instruction and delivery of PAT curriculum to 20 families within Alamosa, Costilla and Saguache counties.

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma AND demonstrated ability to work with adults and their young children. Bi-Lingual in English and Spanish preferred. Starting hourly rate of $16.50 to $20.00 dependent upon experience and education.

For a full job description email [email protected].

TO APPLY: please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Sunday March 24, 2019 at 5:00pm. ECC SLV is an equal opportunity employer.


Brain Development

Zero to Three is a great resource for learning more about brain development in infants. Check it out!

zerotothree.org A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing more than a million neural connections each second.


A Fascinating And Hopeful Look At How Early Childhood Trauma Changes The Brain

Throughout the month of March, ECCSLV is sharing information on childhood brain development, including trauma and how it impacts this development. This is a short, but fascinating video on that topic.

digg.com This gorgeous animation explains the biology of childhood trauma and how therapeutic interventions can overcome the effects of toxic stress.


Will Jeff Bezos' Billions for Montessori-Inspired Schools Help Early Childhood Education?

Very interesting read!

psmag.com The Amazon founder pledged $2 billion to support struggling families and develop a preschool network–but he still hasn't presented concrete plans.

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