Save the Date!

Leap Coalition’s 2nd Annual Community Conversation Starter

(Same presentation, two dates to choose from)

September 11th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm OR September 12th, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Timberline Church (South Auditorium), 2908 S. Timberline Rd., Ft. Collins, CO 80525

Checking our Biases: Meaningful and Authentic Engagement with Children and Families

Leap Coalition partners recognize that we must approach our work in a culturally sensitive manner in order to best support the children and families with which we work. This kick-off lecture by national guest speaker Luis Hernandez will help participants to recognize and reflect on their own personal biases and how they can be addressed in their work. It will also lay the foundation for a series of community conversations on related topics to be held throughout the year.

Featuring national keynote speaker Luis Hernandez



Luis A. Hernandez, Training & Technical Assistance Services Early Childhood Education Specialist, holds an M.A. in Bilingual/Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. Luis brings solid expertise to his position based on his work history in Head Start, child care, Pre-K programs, college and universities, child care resource and referral administration, and professional development design. Luis’ work focuses on a wide range of early childhood education and professional development topics. His expertise includes early literacy, dual language learning, adult learning practices, changing demographics and diversity, and ECE management and partnership topics. As a regular presenter and keynote speaker at international, national, state, and local conferences, Luis is highly regarded for his motivational and energizing presentations.


Leap Coalition

Starting in February 2016, community partners representing 21 different organizations came together to plan how we can better support children’s social development and emotional well-being across our community in a culturally responsive manner.

The Leap work is continuing! Currently, there are 72 people involved in the project, which includes representatives from 23 organizations and several private practice mental health therapists.

To view the Leap Master Implementation Plan, click here.

Leap Coalition Community Partners

Actively Participating

City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability Office

Colorado State University

Early Childhood Council of Larimer County

Early Intervention at Foothills Gateway

Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS)

Health District of Northern Larimer County

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment

Larimer County Department of Human Services

Poudre River Public Library District

Poudre School District

Private Practice Therapists (2)

SummitStone Health Partners

Teaching Tree Early Learning

The Family Center/La Familia

The Matthews House

Thompson School District

United Way of Larimer County

University of Colorado Health – Healthy Harbors

Voices Carry Child Advocacy Center

Young People’s Learning Center

Additional Supporting Partners

ChildSafe Colorado

City of Loveland Community Partnership Office

Estes Park School District

Team Wellness and Prevention


If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, please contact Bonnie Cowen.