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.


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

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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...


What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

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...


Early childhood education gets boost in Lynn - The Boston Globe


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.


Early Childhood Mental Health - Mile High Magazine - May 2018


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!


As unions rejoice over possible teacher evaluations reversal, original advocates say change will 'mask inequity'


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.


Early childhood care and education is a base for economic mobility - Charlotte Business Journal

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 …


Early childhood education dealing with technology


kfyrtv.com Early childhood educators say too many preschoolers lack conventional sensory skills because they're already too tied up into technology.


On the Same Page: An Early Childhood Education Collaborative With Some Big Backers


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.


National #WearBlueDay

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.


50+ ways you can play a role in strengthen families.


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.


Institutional racism and early childhood education funding

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 …


Alamosa mayor to advocate for kids in D.C.


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.


Introducing PreventExpulsion.org

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.

Study finds language, achievement benefits of universal early childhood education: Lessons from Norway's universal child care starting at age one


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.


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


With promise of new federal money, more low-income Colorado families could get help with child care


chalkbeat.org Thousands of additional Colorado families might be able to pay for child care if a federal spending bill due in […]


Bill to incentivize giving to Colorado child care providers advances


chalkbeat.org A bill that would extend a state tax credit that incentivizes donations to Colorado child care providers passed the House […]


Bill that would provide free lunch for more Colorado students moves forward

chalkbeat.org Colorado already picks up part of the cost of school lunch for elementary-aged children from low-income families.


Alamosa to cut ribbon on new rink/pavilion

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.


Colorado’s new minimum wage means raises for child care workers and tuition increases for parents

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 […]

Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign | Gary Community Investments


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....


Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.

chalkbeat.org A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid […]


Apple Investors Warn iPhones and Other Technology May Be Hurting Children

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.


To Improve Early Childhood Education, Nurture Teachers

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.


Survey Finds Strong Support for Early Childhood Education

kpvi.com Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children News Release:


We must work faster on early childhood education – Christopher B. Sanford

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).


Letters: Early childhood education has huge payoff


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.

To all our friends and supporters, we wish you a:


Can Kindness Be Taught?

nytimes.com A program prompted by a challenge from the Dalai Lama is bringing kindness training to the classroom. Research suggests it helps.


Find your 2017 Colorado school quality rating here

Check out local schools and their ratings using this tool.

chalkbeat.org Nearly 70 percent of schools received the state’s highest quality rating.


Colorado education group wants bigger voice for teachers in fighting shortage

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…


To end child care deserts, it’s time to rethink care provided by family and friends, activists and experts say

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 […]

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