New Leap Coalition Coordinator

“Greetings! My name is Liz Means, and I am very excited to start my journey as Leap Coalition Coordinator. I’m looking forward to learning from all of you and continuing to build on the great work Leap has been doing to strengthen and connect our county’s systems. I have a background in event planning, nonprofit communications and environmental advocacy. I care deeply about making a positive impact in my community through my work, and I can’t think of a better place to do that than here at ECCLC. Thank you for the warm welcome!”
– Liz

Learn more about the Leap Coalition here.

While ECCLC is excited to welcome Liz, we will miss Bonnie Cowen who has fulfilled the Leap Coalition Coordinator position since January 2017. Bonnie will be returning to her love of teaching at the new Compass Community Collaborative School. Thank you for all of your hard work this past year and for helping get Leap off it’s feet, Bonnie!

Tired of struggling to find qualified early childhood teachers?

Join us on Monday, June 11th to learn about and give input on an exciting new workforce initiative, Expanding Professional Possibilities in Early Childhood, which is focusing on recruiting and retaining early childhood teachers.
Read More
Community Events

Leap Save the Date

Checking Our Biases: Meaningful and Authentic Engagement with Children and Families.
by national keynote speaker Luis Hernandez

(Same presentation, two dates to choose from)

September 11th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
September 12th, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Timberline Church, South Auditorium
2908 S. Timberline Rd., Ft. Collins, CO 80525

Want to help plan? Contact Mims ([email protected]) or Liz ([email protected]) for details on how you can help!

Upcoming Family Classes

Beyond Consequences & Advanced Parenting Skills Class
June 7 – August 9, 2018 (Thursdays)
12:00 – 1:30 pm
1148 E. Elizabeth St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Class size limited, sign-up ASAP
Email [email protected] or call 970-472-4133 to enroll
Class flyer

The Incredible Years Parenting Group
FREE 6-week program for families with children ages 3-6 years
Estes Valley Community Center
660 Community Dr., Estes Park, CO 80517
June 12th – July 18th
Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Dinner provided
Child care provided for children ages 1-4 for $4, free for older children (scholarships available)
Call EVICS (970) 586-3055 or Corinna (970) 342-5325 to register

The Incredible Years Parenting Group
10-week program for families with children ages 3-6 years
Life Center
1511 E. 11th St., Loveland, CO 80537
June 12th – August 7th
Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Dinner & children’s group included
Call Christina to sign up: 970-646-1346
Class flyer

For ECE Providers

Time to apply for Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants!

Quality Improvement funds now available for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.  Most child care and preschool programs, including part-day programs, who serve children under the age of 5 years can be eligible for one of these opportunities.

There are two different opportunities to be eligible:

  • Programs with a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher, and who have a CCAP fiscal agreement. Click the Read More button below for details. Click here for more information about CCCAP.
  • Programs who have never sought a higher rating can access a one-time Hardship Grant to work towards becoming a Level 2 and who are interested in learning more about becoming a Level 3-5 rated program. Click the Read More button below for details.

Informational opportunities are available for programs who are unfamiliar with these grants or who have questions.  A group informational event is scheduled on Monday, July 16th at the ECCLC.  Indicate your interest in this event or in receiving more information by responding to this quick survey:

Read More
Professional Development Corner

Fall Scholarships for ECE Classes

Are you interested in obtaining a teacher or director qualifications, or pursuing a degree in early childhood?  Do you want to take formal education credits to increase your Early Childhood Credential level for your own professional development or for an upcoming Colorado Shines rating? The ECCLC has fall scholarships available for individuals working in the ECE field wishing to take college level classes.  Find out more about our scholarship program at or contact Lauren at [email protected].  Fall scholarship applications are due July 15th!
Upcoming Trainings

Using the ELDG for Observation & Lesson Planning

During this training, we will learn about effective observation, the essential domains of learning, discuss strategies of how to align these domains with lesson planning, and create a weekly plan that you can take with you and implement immediately into your classroom environment.

6/12/18 & 6/26/18; 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm each day
Learn more here

Register for ECCLC trainings at or email Valerie with questions: [email protected]

Zero to Three Conference

ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2018 is your destination for professional and personal growth. With a vast array of outstanding speakers and sessions, this exceptional event will expand your horizons and raise your expectations.

10/03/18 – 10/05/18
Denver, Colorado
Learn more here


View the full version of our Newsletter here