The Colorado Department of Education Early Childhood Initiatives
introduces a new video Child Outcomes Step by Step


Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care
The 48-hours EQIT curriculum provides a solid introduction to infant and toddler development, with a focus on providing quality group care for our youngest children. The EQIT course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant and toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive and fun activities. To register for the 2011-2012 EQIT class click here. To view the EQIT Fall schedule click here. Any question please email Deana Hunt at

The Department of Education and the Elbert County Early Childhood Council is pleased to sponsor this EQIT training FREE for participants. Space is limited and spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Link to Websites for Childcare Professionals
ECECC is dedicated to helping both the community and the early childhood professionals in our Elbert County community. To better serve our early childhood professionals, we want to share any child care resources or helpful early childhood information that we find, or use.

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If you have a resource to share, or need additional information from ECECC, please feel free to contact us!

Professional Resources
Qualistar Early Learning –
Qualistar Early Learning provides valuable child care resources for Colorado professionals in the early childhood education industry. At Qualistar, we pride ourselves on:

  • Giving child care professionals the tools they need to continue their education and
  • reach their full potential
  • Creating consistency and setting high standards for all early childhood trainers
  • Improving child development and age-appropriate learning experiences for all of
    Colorado’s children

Colorado Child Care Resources
Click here for a report called “Colorado Early Childhood System Planning: A Functional Analysis of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and Early Childhood Councils” outlines steps toward a more effective early learning system supporting Colorado’s families and children. The report grew out of a fruitful collaboration between Colorado’s child care agencies and Early Childhood Council representatives, who jointly defined roles and functions within the early learning domain.

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships
This program works to increase the education levels of Colorado’s child care professionals, reduce turnover in the child care field and increase child care wages.
This particular program is open to Colorado residents only. If you are from another state and are looking to see if your state has a T.E.A.C.H. program, contact the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Technical Assistance at (919) 967-3272

Why is there a need for this program in Colorado?

Research indicates that both higher education and specialized training in early childhood education are critical indicators of quality in a child’s care experience.

Child Care Programs

  • Programs are able to maximize their staff development budgets
  • Experience reduced turnover, improving the quality and marketability of a program


  • Consistent care is available and children are able to establish more relationships with
    providers who are committed to the field.
  • Benefit from the specialized training their provider has received. These providers have
    a better understanding of child development and are more sensitive to the needs of
    young children.

Source: Qualistar
Colorado Office of Professional Development

Early childhood professionals from child care workers and preschool teachers to nurses and counselors are the fuel that makes a comprehensive system for young children work. After families, early childhood professionals spend the most time with our youngest citizens helping them get ready for school and ready for life. Learn how to get plugged in to professional organizations and the Colorado Office of Professional Development, find links to helpful websites nationwide and learn how we are working on behalf of all Colorado’s children birth to eight in:

  • Colorado Professional Credentials
  • Resources
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Early Childhood Social/Emotional
  • Professional Development Resources

The Colorado Child Care Educational Stipend Project
This grant will provide stipends to people working in licensed early childhood centers, family child care homes and school-age programs as they successfully complete college courses.

Colorado Office of Professional Development? (303) 333-6021
Toll Free: (866) 417-4041
Fax: (303) 333-6020