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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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Staff

Part Time Staff:
0
Full Time Staff:
3
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
30
Retention Rate:
100%

Michelle Sharp, Executive Director
Start Date: 2014

Michelle is a Colorado Native, born and raised in the Pikes Peak Region. She moved to Sterling in 1990 to attend Northeastern Jr. College and has made Northeast Colorado her home for the last 28 years. Michelle has been working in the non-profit sector for over 14 years and understands the disparities of living in rural Colorado and having to drive 2 hours 1 way to receive services. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology Programming and provides all the technical assistance, website and data information for ECCLPS. She is the PDIS System Coordinator and QI Navigator for ECCLPS through Colorado Shines, and is a trainer for Safe Sleep, Pyramid Model, Touchpoints, Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' by World and Cultural Awareness.

Michelle started working for ECCLPS in April 2014 as the Program Support Manager and became the Executive Director in February 2017. She was awarded the Northeast Colorado Health Department Rising Star Leadership Award and completed the 2017 Community Resource Center Leadership Cohort. Michelle is passionate about helping others and being involved in the community.

Stephanie Edwards, Quality Support Coach
Start Date: 2013

Stephanie has spent the past 25 years working with children and their families. When she moved back to Northeast Colorado from the Denver area 5 years ago, she knew she wanted to continue to change the lives of children. She began working for ECCLPS as a Professional Development Coordinator.

She quickly began to get certified in the several classroom rating scales such as the "ERS" and "CLASS" tools. She then became an "Expanding Quality for Infants and Toddlers" instructor and coach. Stephanie is also an Approved Trainer and now trains in the CATCH curriculum, Love & Logic, Touchpoints, Pyramid Model, Safe Sleep, and Motheread. Stephanie is proud to hold a coaching credential along with a Level IV professional development credential. Her current position at ECCLPS is their Quality Support Coach, and she is looking forward to continuing to support and build relationships with our Early Educators so our children may thrive in a high-quality environment with highly trained caregivers.

Stacey Zink, Coordinator
Start Date: 2015

Stacey joined ECCLPS in November of 2015 as the Coordinator. She is a graduate of Northeastern Junior College and the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Stacey has over fifteen years combined experience in both elementary and preschool classrooms. Her true passion is early childhood education and the impact it has children and their families. She understands the importance of quality and highly trained early childhood educators to help children grow and develop to their full potential. Stacey is a native of Northeastern Colorado and is committed to ensuring that children in the area receive high quality early childhood experiences.
Stacey is a certified pre-licensing trainer & guides people through the process to become licensed child care providers. She oversees early childhood professional development trainings, Resource & Referral, fundraising & event planning.



Boards

Board Type:
Advisory
Meetings per Year:
8
Term Length:
0
Term Limit:
0
Total # of Board Members:
10
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:
10

Board Demographics:

Female:
9
Male:
1
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
0
White:
8
Hispanic or Latino:
2
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

4

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

84%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

100%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council

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