The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County (ECCLC) is one of Colorado's 31 Early Childhood Councils working to improve services to children and families. The Councils focus their efforts on improving availability and quality of services in the areas of family support and education, health & well-being, and learning & development. This work is guided by the Early Childhood Colorado Framework.
The Early Childhood Council of Larimer County began in 1997 as a community collaboration focused on early childhood issues in our community. ECCLC was one of 12 original Consolidated Child Care Pilots for the State of Colorado established by legislation to help support and build local early childhood systems.
In 2003, ECCLC became an independent 501(c)(3) with a governing board and paid staff members. In 2006, Colorado passed HB 1062, which expanded Early Childhood Councils statewide and provided on-going funding for ECCLC through the Colorado Department of Human Services.
Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan
Mission: We bring the community together to share knowledge and resources, build expertise and work collaboratively to ensure that all young children in Larimer County have the care, support and opportunities necessary to grow, learn and succeed.
Vision: All children in Larimer County are valued, healthy and thriving.
Strategic Plan: 2015 – 2020 Goals
- Support early care and education providers in consistently implementing quality practices
- Increase advocacy for the importance of and investment in early childhood
- Strengthen community connections to facilitate families' access to resources, education and services
- Provide backbone support for the Leap Project to support children's social emotional development