Early Care & Learning

What is Early Care and Learning?

Early Care and learning are home based child care, child care centers, and preschools. The work is so important for many reasons, but particularly, the teachers and providers nurture a child's growth both physically and social/emotionally. These providers give care and support to children and serve as one of their earliest teachers. 

Early Childhood Education Grant Opportunities

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Emerging & Expanding Grants

Support programs expansion for more infant/toddler capacity, including supporting workforce!

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Colorado Shines

Quality Level 2-5

Support your licensed child care site earn a quality rating of Level 2-5 in Colorado Shines!

Apply here
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ECHO

Early Childhood Health Outdoors grant to support your outdoor learning area.

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Professional Development Opportunities

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Support your program moving into a Colorado Shines rating! Level 1 to Level 2-5!

The Preschool Development Grant will provide funds to increase your Colorado Shines rating from a Level 1 to Level 2-5! Funds to support purchasing early learning materials, quality improvement coaching and professional development! Contact us and get started today! 

Contact Jessica Jones

 

 

 

Professional Development - Scholarship Program

This program is funded by Buell for any child care provider seeking to increase their credentials, become Lead Teacher Qualified, or to build their skills in ECE! 

 

Director's Round Table

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The Broomfield Early Childhood Council facilitates a Director's Round Table (DRT) every month to provide resources, education, networking opportunities and support to child care center and preschool Directors.

Next meeting, December 14th, 12:30pm 

 

Register here!

 

Previous meetings:

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Public Health Slides

 

5.11 meeting, audio

 

 

Family Child Care Home HUDDLE

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NEW PROGRAM at the Broomfield Early Childhood Council! We are holding monthly meetings for support, training and building your capacity as a Family Child Care Home provider in Broomfield! 

 

These meetings are facilitated by Brooke Brogle. We will have new information and supports like Public Health information, Mental Health Consultation information and resources, and even  technology trainings!

If you're a Broomfield childcare provider, please join us on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm.

Next meeting, December 7th, 6:30pm at 6 Garden Center

 

Register here! 

Expanding Quality in Infant & Toddler Care (EQIT)

 
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What is EQIT?

 The Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) 48-hour low cost course of training is designed for any individual who works with infants and toddlers and is interested in improving his/her knowledge and skills in an in-depth, hands on course.

 

Participants in the EQIT Course learn about the importance of brain development in the first 3 years of life, social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development, and working with families as well as effective strategies for curriculum and discipline through 16 3-hour modules. 

 

 

READY TO APPLY?

Coaching

In addition to the 48 hours of direct class time, each participant is also provided one on one coaching. Following similar relationship based principles covered in the EQIT Course; EQ Coaching supports providers in reflecting on and applying new understandings to their own practice.

Early Childhood Teacher Certification

In order to be Early Childhood Teacher Certified, teachers are required to complete:

  • EITHER  ECE 101 OR 103 AND

  • One other ECE class OR EQIT

Completing EQIT will get you half way to your Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications at a fraction of the cost of a college course.

Cost

The cost of this class is just $50.  Payment can be made by cash or check or Debit/Credit through PayPal

For more information, contact the BECC at info@broomfieldecc.org OR at 303-903-9295 

Pyramid Plus Training

 
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This program is on hold for the spring 2022

 

Colorado Shines

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Are you a licensed provider and want to be rated?


First, contact us, and let us help you through the process! Alisha Mullins is our experienced and dedicated Coach. alisha@broomfieldecc.org Then, look at these helpful webinars that will help guide you through the process.

If already rated and looking for additional funding for materials and coaching, click here.




Are you a parent looking for a Colorado Shines quality rated center?


The BECC's partner at Child Care Innovations provides a resource and referral to help you find quality child care. Child Care Innovations Click the link below to help find a licensed provider through the Colorado Shines database. Colorado Shines Database





Child care is recognized as a professional business that supports education, growth, family support, and health of young children.

 

Colorado Shines recognizes the licensed child care providers and preschools that have high quality environments and education practices with a rating of 1 - 5, 5 being the best.

Currently 72% of all licensed providers in Broomfield County are engaged in Colorado Shines! 

How does BECC help?

The Broomfield Early Childhood Council is proudly supporting state-wide efforts to improve the quality of child care for our young children. Through a federal grant, we distribute funding to enhance the quality of the child care environment; provide training and coaching on new rating system and one-on-one support to all licensed child care providers. Funding and coaching support is available to licensed child care facilities who meet the following criteria:

  • Achieved a level 2 or higher in Colorado Shines

  • Have an active or pending CCCAP fiscal agreement signed with the City and County of Broomfield, Health and Human Services, click here to contact them

  • Agree to maintain the Level 2 or higher rating

  • Commit to move Level 2 to a Level 3-5 rating within the next two years

Quality Improvement Coaching & Support

 
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As a child care and early education professional, you are a child's teacher, their friend, and their guide for the most formative years.  Our Council has goals to help increase the quality of early learning and child care and promote partnership and collaboration to support and strengthen the Broomfield early learning and care community.  

 
Ongoing Coaching and Material support to maintain high quality

The Office of Early Childhood at the State of Colorado has issued ongoing funds to support eligible licensed child care facilities with Colorado Shines maintenance. 

The award is based on size of facility.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in a Colorado Shines quality improvement program, each early care and learning program must minimally meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a current, permanent child care license and in compliance with Head Start/Early Head Start regulations (where applicable).

  2. Enroll children prior to kindergarten entry and Colorado Shines eligible.

  3. Hold a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher at the time of application.

  4. Apply for a Colorado Child Care Assistance Program fiscal agreement (active or pending) AND indicate acceptance of CCCAP on the Colorado Shines program profile.

  5. Submit an application for quality improvement and incentive supports within the Quality Improvement tab of the program profile within the program profile within the Colorado Shines Technology System.

Once awarded, a program must meet the following criteria in order to continue participation in a Colorado Shines quality improvement program:

  1. Execute and comply with the Quality Improvement Program Memorandum of Understanding.

  2. Maintain a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher.  

  3. Meet Quality Improvement Plan requirements by including the results of the Colorado Shines Readiness Assessment or program results of a Level 3-5 onsite assessment into this plan.

  4. Maintain an application for a Colorado Child Care Assistance Program fiscal agreement (active or pending) AND indicate acceptance of CCCAP on the Colorado Shines program profile.

  5. Submit an application to be rated for Level 3-5 or attain an alternative pathway within an 18-month period and maintain a high quality Colorado Shines Level 3-5 rating.

 
How to submit application for more coaching and materials
  1. Log on to your Colorado Shines page.

  2. Review your application and hit submit again, just as you did the first time you applied for Colorado Shines funding.

  3. BECC will receive notification that you've applied and will send an MOU

  4. Sign the MOU

  5. BECC's Coach will be in contact with you to determine award funding and coaching hours

Questions? Call the BECC office at 303-460-6810 or info@broomfieldecc.org

 
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