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Early Childhood Council

Quality early childhood education is essential for a child's growth & development! The Early Childhood Council of Logan, Phillips & Sedgwick counties (ECCLPS) provides early childhood educators with professional development training, coaching, scholarships & resources to enhance their knowledge.

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Child Abuse Prevention

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. ECCLPS promotes public awareness in a variety of ways. In past years we have given Child Abuse Prevention Pinwheel to each child in a licensed child care home, preschool, or center in Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties. In 2018 we gave each of our licensed providers a Child Abuse Prevention yard sign as well as displaying them in prominent locations throughout each county. In 2019 we purchased a large street banner for Logan County promoting Child Abuse Awareness to display during the month of April and to be re-used each year. Our goal is to purchase banners for Phillips & Sedgwick Counties as well. We feel it is important to raise public awareness annually about the safety and value of our children!

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Evidence of Program's Success

Several people commented positively on our Child Abuse Prevention yard signs & pinwheels. Some are still on display throughout our three counties. The Child Abuse Prevention banner displayed in downtown Sterling raised awareness & we received positive feedback from the community.

Provider Appreciation

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

Teachers

Description

Each year in May we celebrate Provider Appreciation Day/Month. We recognize all of our licensed home child care providers and preschool/center Early Educators in Logan, Phillips, and Sedgwick Counties. For Provider Appreciation 2019 we honored them with an evening of dinner and night themed "Magical Moments Matter". Our guest speaker entertained and inspired them thru magic and humor. Each person received a mouse pad with an inspirational poem, flash drive, and other goodies. We had 22 in attendance and had very positive comments about the night. We have done events like this in the past and feel it is important to continue to support our Early Educators so they know that what they do for children and families is valued and quality child care is vital for children's positve growth and development!

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Evidence of Program's Success

We had very positive feedback from our Early Educators who attended the event and several said they appreciated it and hope we can do it again! Some also said they were going to be sure to let other collegues know it was a fun evening and they should come nex year.

Week of the Young Child

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)

Description

Every year in April, ECCLPS celebrates the Week of the Young Child. We engage the community in various child/family activities. In April 2019 for the Week of the Young Child we hosted FREE Movie Days in Logan, Phillips, & Sedgwick Counties. ECCLPS treated 200 children to an afternoon at the movies! We paid for children ages 0-17 to participate in these events. We also had guessing jars & prize giveaways at each event. The counties we serve are starting to look forward to our annual Week of the Young Child events & won't to when & what we are planning. We want to continue to celebrate children/families in all three of our counties with events like this each year!
In 2019 we also purchased one street banner to promote the Week of the Young Child & displayed it in Logan County. This banner can be reused each year & ECCLPS would like to purchase banners for Phillips & Sedgwick Counties as well to promote children & families in the upcoming year.

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Evidence of Program's Success

All three counties reported this was some of the best attendance they've had for events like this and children/families were very grateful for
being treated to a FREE day of FUN and hope it can contiunue in the future!

Professional Development

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Teachers

Description

ECCLPS embraces the opportunity to increase the number of quality professional licensed childcare providers and their capacity through our professional development efforts. Quality, consistent and affordable childcare is essential to allowing parents to work to support their families and preparing our children for the future. In our area, maintaining quality childcare options can be challenging and we are excited to move new programs and ideas in to the work of our community. Licensing requires that home childcare providers, staff of childcare centers and preschool complete 15 clock hours of training each year. Three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours must be in social emotional development and the balance of hours needs to demonstrate a direct connection to one or more the following core knowledge areas. We provide scholarships for providers to take college classes to meet licensing needs and increase their knowledge and skills.
We also partner with Northeastern Junior College (NJC) to plan and pay for trainers who present at the Early Childhood Education Conference which is held each January at NJC. Early Childhood Educators from all over Northeastern Colorado attend this one day conference.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have increased the number of Level 2 credentialed providers by 76% from January 2017 to July 2017 and now have 217 Professional Development Information System users in Logan, Phillips and Sedgwick counties.

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