Mar 14

Early Childhood Resources and Information

Hi all!

We wanted to share the information below as a resource for you that was sent to us from Melanie Kelsea from Longmont Children, Youth & Families.



I wanted to share some resources and information on Early Childhood:

1)      For those who weren’t able to attend the Early Learning Summit, please visit the Bright EYES website for resources from the trainers:

2)      Here is a resource titled “Fostering Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Young Children Tips for EARLY Childhood Teachers and Providers” from the website Too Small to Fail:

3)      There is a training in May in Boulder for those who have already attended Pyramid Plus training and want to provide parent trainings: Positive Solutions for Families Train the Trainer –

4)      Don’t forget to visit the website for the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County for trainings, job postings, and more:

5)      Here is some recent legislation affecting families and child care providers:

  1. Family and Medical Leave Insurance for all Coloradoans Act This will most likely be introduced in state legislation in the next few weeks.
  2. HB 17-1210 Addressing Out-of-School Suspension & Expulsion of Young Children
  3. HB 17-1211 Disciplinary Strategies Professional Development for Educators
  4. If you would like to receive updates about legislation affecting Early Childhood issues, sign up for Kids Flash from the Colorado Children’s Campaign:


Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.

Thank you,

Melanie Kelsea, M.S.

Community Coordinator/Early Childhood

Longmont Children, Youth & Families

Phone: 303-774-3762

Feb 09

New Lunch and Learn class being offered March 3rd

Check out the new Lunch and Learn class being offered on Friday, March 3rd from 12:30-2:00 at Student Services.

Presenter:  Kim Ainsworth

Description:  FBA 101 -“How to use available data to formulate ahypothesis of function of behavior in preparation for development of Behavior Support Plan.  Note-this is not a sit-n-git “. Participants will be required to audit records and integrate assessment results to develop interventions. We will have fun, but we will have some sparks flying too!  :)”  

If you sign up for the class, please see the following instructions from Kim and see the ABC attachment below that she mentioned if you choose to sign up for the class.

“I am attaching a data sheet. I would like each participant to collect as much ABC data on their case study as possible in preparation for this training. This should start now.

If the student you have selected has an IEP, I would like them to bring the most recent evaluation report, and most recent progress report of Gold data. They will need highlighters and note paper.”

Lunch and Learn Sign Up Link

Lunch and Learn Preschool ABC Form




Nov 28

Professional Development Opportunities

Check out the additions to the Early Childhood Blog’s professional development tab!

Oct 17

STOP, Think & register – upcoming book club sign up reminder

We wanted to send a friendly reminder to sign up for the upcoming Stop, Think, Act – Integrating Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom book club starting on November 8th!  The book club will be held on Tuesday’s (11/8, 11/29 & 12/13) from 4:00-6:30pm at the La Vita Bella coffee shop (475 Main Street).  Please see the link below to sign up and be sure to visit the District PD website to receive professional development and district salary credit.

We hope to see you there!

Book Club Sign Up

District PD Site

Oct 17

Lunch and Learns 2016-17 and Sunscreen Forms


We wanted to share the new Lunch and Learns that are scheduled for this school year.  Please check out the link below to the google doc sign up sheet.  Lunch and Learn Sign Up

We also wanted to tell you that the sunscreen forms, both in english and spanish, are posted under forms on the blog.  Please have each of your parents sign a form as soon as possible.  Be sure that this is reflected on your sign in sheets so parents can check the box pertaining to the application of sunscreen.



Oct 06

Book Clubs Sign Up

The sign up for the book clubs that are scheduled for 16-17 are ready and attached.  Each participant will receive their book at no cost.  You will be meeting at local coffee shops for an enjoyable book discussion.  Please add your name to the lists below and also sign up for the first book club PD opportunity on the district professional development website for credit.  The others will be available on PD site at a later date.

Book Club Sign Up

District PD Site

Sep 27

Social Emotional Training

Check out the Social Emotional training “Strategies to Support Children’s Social Emotional Development and Prevent Challenging Behaviors” coming up on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00 pm.  You can find the flier posted on the blog under the professional development tab.  You can earn 1.5 hrs for PDIS and Licensing.



Sep 23

Updated Licensing Binder Contents Now Available on Blog

Happy Friday Everyone!

Shela made a number of revisions to the content of your licensing binders this year.  All new staff should have received one by now or if not, one is on the way in district mail.  If you are new preschool staff and do not receive one by the end of next week, please email me.  Copies of all of the licensing binder content can be found under the blog’s licensing tab for you to print and add to your binders.


Aug 29

The ECCBC-Colorado Shines Connection

Have you wondered why the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County is so involved with Colorado Shines? Would you like to know what ECCBC has been doing this past year in Boulder County? Do you want to know how you can get involved? Join us for a 2-hour training on

The ECCBC-Colorado Shines Connection.

When: Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Foothills United Way, Conference Room,

1285 Cimarron Dr., Lafayette 80026

Cost: FREE

Training credit: 2 hr., professional development & leadership

Preregistration required: Please contact Emily Robbins at or 303-895-3425

*Space is limited so call or email today!

 Free Colorado Shines Walk-in Help Sessions

 The Early Childhood Council is here to help you with Colorado Shines QRIS and PDIS. Bring training certificates from the last 3 years; resume or other work history; official transcripts; birthdates of youngest and oldest children served; and any qualifying credentials, licenses or endorsements already earned.

See this flyer for more details! 

PDIS-QRIS Support flyer – Fall Sessions 2016

 Select any date: Saturday, Sept. 10, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 or Dec. 10 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Thursday, Sept. 22 or Nov. 3 from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: St. Vrain Community Hub, Computer Lab # 146,

151 Coffman St., Longmont, 80501

Cost: FREE

Registration: Preregistration is not required but greatly appreciated.

For more information or questions: Contact Nicole Malone at or 303-895-3419


Fort Collins Partners in Child Care Association

12th Annual Fall Festival Conference

 This conference is for all Child Care Professionals, Home-Based Providers,

Center-Based Staff, Early Head Start, Preschool, and Child Advocates.

See this flyer for details and registration form!

Fort Collins Partners in Child Care 12th Annual Fall Festival Conference Flyer 8.29.16

When: Saturday, September 24

Where: Senior Center,

1200 Raintree Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80526

Cost: $50 before Sept. 17th, $60 after Sept. 17th

*A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided!

Training credit: 6 hr., professional development

For information: Contact Rhonda Peterson at 970-204-0241

Registration: Fill out attached registration form and return with registration fee to…

Melanie Kunisch RCPIC/Treasurer

6509 Fossil Crest Drive,

Fort Collins, CO 80525


Make a Difference with Early Childhood Education

 The mission of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Front Range Community College is to provide a strong, student-focused, research and standards based education program that ultimately has a positive impact on children, families, and the community. Early childhood professionals make a difference in the lives of young learners and their families. At FRCC, we offer coursework, certificates, and degrees that advance professional skills and knowledge in early childhood education.

See this flyer for details!

FRCC ECE Information 8.29.16

 Length of program: 1 to 4 semesters, depending on degree or certificate path.

Semester of entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Contacts: Boulder County Campus/Online: Alison Thielke at or 303-678-3839, (main) 303-678-3722

Larimer Campus: Anne Marie Jacobson at or 970-204-8329, (main) 970-226-2500

Westminster Campus/Brighton Center: Jo Murphy at or 303-404-5527

& Mernie Rosenberg at or 303-404-5523

*If you would like to be taken off this email list please contact Emily Robbins. See contact info below…



Emily Robbins

Professional Development Administrator

Early Childhood Council of Boulder County

1285 Cimarron Drive Suite 201

Lafayette, CO 80026

Telephone: 303-895-3425


Apr 26

Fun Preschool Events!

Thank you so much to all of the many preschool staff who helped or participated in the Week of the Young Child and the March of Dimes Walk for Babies.  These two events are a great example on how our departments works on behalf of young children and families.  The time and efforts of those who volunteered are sincerely appreciated.


Week of Young Child- April 2016March of Dimes Walk 4.23.16

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