Colorado's early childhood community is committed to providing support for ALL professionals who touch the lives of young children. As reflected in the domains of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework, it is critical that providers in the areas of physical health, mental health, early learning, and parent support/education have avenues for strengthening their own skills in serving young children, and getting involved in their communities. Check our Professional Development/Training page, or contact your local early childhood council to find out about professional opportunities in your domain.
- Minding Your Baby's Mind: Dr. John Medina Shares His Rules for Raising a Smart and Happy Child
- K-ching! Kindergarten Determines Future Income
- AAP Healthy Child Care America
- Early Childhood Development Toolkit for Employers
- Early Childhood Leadership Commission
- Healthy Beginnings
- Early Childhood Councils Advisory Team (ECCAT)
- Early Learning Guidelines Implementation Toolkit
- Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program
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Find your local community college for college courses or associate degrees that prepare you to teach in an early childhood setting.
Finally, the local Early Childhood Councils will often be aware of special trainings or workshops happening in the community.
Most recently in October 2010, we featured Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules for Baby. Please visit the Brain Rules website for more information, chapter summaries and videos. You can also download Practical Tips which are ways to apply the research discussed in Brain Rules for Baby to the real world of parenting.
In April 2010, we featured Dr. Jill Stamm, author of Bright from the Start and Co-Founder of The New Directions Institute. In 2009, we featured Dr. Douglas Clements, a leading authority on early math. His powerpoint can be accessed here.
In 2009, we also featured Dr. Mike Lopez and that powerpoint can be accessed here.
In addition, there are many training opportunities available that can help you prepare to meet the requirements of licensing.
In addition, the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) exists as a special support to families with certain risk factors such as poverty, homelessness, teen parents, or English language learners. Most school districts offer CPP. If you qualify, the program will pay a portion of the cost, and also provides a high level of quality assurance for participating facilities. You will need to call someone at the contact numbers here to help you determine whether your child may be eligible.
For families in the city and county of Denver who have children who will be entering their last year prior to kindergarten , the Denver Preschool Program may be available to you as an additional financial support.
- HB13-1117 Fact Sheet
- Three things you might not know about poverty, but probably should
- Parental Engagement in Children’s Developing Literacy
- Parent Engagement Among Immigrant Families
- Colorado Early Learning Partnership Report
- TRUCE Media and Young Children Action Guide
- Kids and Screens
- Computers for Infants and Young Children
- Recovery and Resolution in Infant Mental Health
- P-3 Commission Report Colorado’s Early Learning Professional Development System Plan: Birth to Third Grade