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.
Professional Development Opportunities
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!
Series: Supporting Young Children and Families During a Pandemic
We will discuss how to identify red flags, build resilience, and seek support despite the limitations this pandemic has created. Concrete resources and activities will be provided during these interactive virtual trainings. Click here for more information.
All dates will meet via Zoom, 6-730pm
January 12 | February 9 | March 9 | Register HERE
Professional Development - Scholarship Program
Colorado Shines PDIS - Training Alignment Process
Director's Round Table
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, March 9th, 12:30pm. Register here!
Broomfield Child Care Association
The Broomfield Early Childhood Council has embarked in a new partnership with Broomfield Family Child Care Association (BCCA) to provide facilitation and training to ALL members of BCCA!
If you're a Broomfield childcare provider, please join us on the 2nd Monday of the month!
Next meeting, March 8th, 6:30pm. Register here!!
Expanding Quality in Infant & Toddler Care (EQIT)
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?
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.
The cost of this class is just $50. Payment can be made by cash or check or Debit/Credit through PayPal
Pyramid Plus Training
BECC is now supporting the ongoing training of Pyramid Plus!
Earn a higher credential
Learn better philosophies to manage challenging behaviors
On your way to becoming Early Childhood Teacher qualified!
The course costs $325 for 11 weeks of intensive training. It also meets the requirements for Child Guidance Strategies. In order to receive a certificate of attendance, you must attend ALL 11 sessions. Every Wednesday and two full Saturdays. Full schedule, click here.
Classes begin February 3rd!
Subsidized tuition is available ONLY to participants who LIVE OR WORK IN BROOMFIELD COUNTY. *Documentation required.
Ready to apply? Click here for our online application!
Please read the Class Expectations here before submitting application and fill out the application here!
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
Are you a licensed provider and want to be rated?
Are you a parent looking for a Colorado Shines quality rated center?
What does it take to get to Level 2 (centers)
What does it take to get to Level 2 (home providers)
Level 2 Reminders (Check List before submitting)
Quality Improvement Coaching & Support
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.
To participate in a Colorado Shines quality improvement program, each early care and learning program must minimally meet the following requirements:
Hold a current, permanent child care license and in compliance with Head Start/Early Head Start regulations (where applicable).
Enroll children prior to kindergarten entry and Colorado Shines eligible.
Hold a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher at the time of application.
Apply for a Colorado Child Care Assistance Program fiscal agreement (active or pending) AND indicate acceptance of CCCAP on the Colorado Shines program profile.
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:
Execute and comply with the Quality Improvement Program Memorandum of Understanding.
Maintain a Colorado Shines Level 2 or higher.
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.
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.
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
Log on to your Colorado Shines page.
Review your application and hit submit again, just as you did the first time you applied for Colorado Shines funding.
BECC will receive notification that you've applied and will send an MOU
Sign the MOU
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLINE RESOURCE GUIDE
Broomfield Resource Guide is a community built and collaboration based website to manage resource available to Broomfield residents.
Your one-stop-shop to find, filter and search for Broomfield community resources! Listings include non-profits, local businesses and City and County of Broomfield services in healthcare, transportation, child services, adult & senior services, and emergency assistance.
Now offering a Community Calendar! Community Activities to support Broomfield residents find resources, support and connection with the community! Click here to register your event OR find an activity!