Christina N. Taylor, MPH – Executive Director

Christina has the primary responsibility for leadership of the ECCLC. Her responsibilities include strategic planning, staff development and supervision, resource development and grant writing, budget preparation and financial management, advocacy, program development. Christina is also highly engaged with both community and state organizations, including facilitation of community initiatives and workgroups.

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Lauren Powers – Grants and Operations Manager

Lauren is responsible for managing all funding streams related to Council work, including grant reporting and spend down, and grant compliance. Lauren is also responsible for coordinating and overseeing office and staff operations, including bookkeeping and financial management, information technology, social media and external communications, staff onboarding, payroll, and general facilities management.

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Heather Blanco – Early Care & Education Program Manager

Heather manages all quality initiatives work as well as supervising our Early Childhood Coaches and Child Care Support Specialist. Heather oversees our quality initiatives work related to Colorado Shines, as well as Child Care Resource & Referral efforts.  Heather is also responsible for coordinating and organizing workforce recruitment and professional development projects, which includes conducting outreach, career support, provider recruitment, management of scholarship program, and coordination of ECE trainings.

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Liz Means – Early Childhood Mental Health Program Manager

Liz is responsible for managing the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Program. Formerly known as the Leap Coalition, the ECMH program works to enhance and expand early childhood mental health services in Larimer County. The ECMH program focuses on workforce development, outreach and advocacy, and systems integration. Liz’s responsibilities include grant writing and reporting, coordination of workforce development projects, convening ECMH stakeholders, and advocating for early childhood at community events.

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Ryan Haynes – Communications and Outreach Specialist

Ryan is responsible for ECCLC’s digital marketing, including managing and maintaining ECCLC’s website, e-newsletter, social media accounts and serving as liaison to related public engagement work in the community. Ryan also provides logistical support for all ECCLC trainings and events; additionally, he provides support and outreach to potential child care providers in Larimer County, including recruiting and supporting new providers through the licensing process.

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Heather Soderberg – Early Childhood Coach

Heather provides formal and informal assessments for programs focused around the Colorado Shines Rating and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Heather provides coaching support to early care and education programs using coaching skills in order to improve quality services for children using research based tools such as Environment Rating Scales, and serves as the team lead for our Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) initiative. She is a certified Early Childhood Coach, a Certified Reflective Supervisor/Consultant, an Infant and Toddler Specialist, and an Approved Trainer through the Colorado Department of Education.

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Logan Mansanarez – Early Childhood Coach

Logan provides formal and informal assessments for programs focused around the Colorado Shines Rating and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Logan also provides coaching support to early care and education programs using coaching skills in order to improve quality services for children using research based tools such as Environment Rating Scales. Logan serves on various community and state level task forces, ensuring strong community stakeholder engagement for our agency. Logan is a Certified Early Childhood Coach and our Family Child Care Home Specialist.

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Taylor Ashby – Early Childhood Coach

Taylor provides formal and informal assessments for programs focused around the Colorado Shines Rating and the Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Taylor also provides coaching support to early care and education programs using coaching skills in order to improve quality services for children using research based tools such as Environment Rating Scales. Taylor supports our workforce efforts, and serves as a Career Navigation Specialist for current or potential early childhood educators. Taylor is a Certified Early Childhood Coach, supports our workforce efforts, and serves as a Career Navigation Specialist for current or potential early childhood educators.

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Annie Nay – Child Care Support Specialist

Annie provides support to the Early Care & Education Program Manager and coaching team. Annie is also responsible for maintaining an up-to-date database of Larimer providers, and assists with data tracking and reporting. Annie completes outreach and provides support to Level 1 child care programs to move up in the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Rating System.

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Erin Amidon – Administrative Assistant

Erin is the glue that holds us all together and the first smiling face you see when you visit the ECCLC. She oversees all internal office operations and provides clerical and administrative support to program staff, management, and our board of directors. Erin also preps Advisory Council meetings and take minutes at the meetings.

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