Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children

Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children serves and acts on behalf of early childhood educators through advocacy, leadership and professional development. We promote high quality care and education for all of Colorado's children, birth to 8.

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Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children​​​​​​​
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PO Box 200446
Denver, CO 80220
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PO Box 200446
DENVER, CO 80214
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PO Box 200446
DENVER, CO 80214
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Mission Statement

Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children serves and acts on behalf of early childhood educators through advocacy, leadership, and professional development.


1. To promote high quality developmentally appropriate, accessible early childhood care and educational services for Colorado children from birth to age 8.
2. To offer professional development opportunities to early childhood educators.
3. To advocate for improved compensation, working conditions, and recognition for individuals in the early childhood profession.
4. To educate and influence policymakers, elected officials and the public at large to achieve the mission and goals of COAEYC.
5. To cooperate with local, state, and national organizations and agencies working with and for young children.

Organization History

• Colorado AEYC is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• In the winter of 1968, a group of early childhood professionals met to form the state affiliate of NAEYC
• There are currently 7 board members which include an Executive Committee and Members-at-Large.


1) Nathaniel Cradle, COAEYC Board Secretary

As a Business Developer in Early Education, I have had the great opportunity to engage and work side-by-side with many practitioners (including developmental specialist) and directors.

My board membership with COAEYC allows me to share those ideas and experiences with other like-minded professionals, while learning about other systemic opportunities of impact. If you're not part of the NAEYC membership, please register as a member and join the conversation about professional development, expert opinions, local events and benefits.

2) Enola Garland, COAEYC Board Chair-Elect

As a preschool teacher of almost seven years, I have experienced and witnessed a multitude of challenges in this field from high teacher turnover to a lack of available childcare spots for families who need to work. I love my job and I feel passionate about it, however, I know that there are things that need to change in order to make sure that children are receiving high quality care. While there are many initiatives trying to address
the issues - I felt that some missed the mark. I felt that the voices of teachers were not always considered.

As many professionals in early childhood know, NAEYC is a highly respected organization that literally wrote the ethical standards upon which early childhood teachers are expected to operate. When I heard that the Colorado chapter of NAEYC - COAEYC - was hosting events where they would listen to what the early childhood community had to say about the issues in this field, I jumped at the chance to attend! I was so inspired by the conversations that happened in that room that I signed on to be a member of the
Advocacy and Policy Committee. I quickly went from just being a member of this committee to being: a paying member of NAEYC and COAEYC, Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Policy Committee, an elected member of the Board, and then a member of the Executive Committee as the Chair-Elect.

I am happy to commit energy to COAEYC because I believe we can do great things.
COAEYC, as an affiliate of a highly-respected national organization, has a platform to promote positive
changes in early childhood and advocate for Colorado's young children, families, and educators. I know that if we have the opportunity to do more work in our community and reach more people, then we can help shine a light on early childhood and make changes that will benefit children, families, and teachers.

3) Erin Ellis, COAEYC Member / Member of the Advocacy and Policy Committee

My name is Erin Ellis and I have been a member of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children since March 2018. As a Denver Public Schools Early Education Department support staff member, I have seen firsthand the positive impacts that COAEYC has had on our school district. COAEYC continuously advocates for high quality early education programs throughout the state. This includes advocating for equitable funding for all school districts, teachers and students. With the creation of COAEYC committees such as Policy/Advocacy and Leadership which I am a member of, this allows for many stakeholders to complete projects at the state level, which will then in turn have positive outcomes for students and families.

Please consider making a donation to the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children on Colorado Gives Day on December 10, 2019. Donations will ensure the continued advancement of Early Education and its endless possibilities for our youngest learners!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Erin Ellis
Denver Public Schools: Early Education Department

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