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Learning & Development

State of Babies Yearbook 2019

There are 12 million infants and toddlers who live in the United States. The foundation we lay for them today is the most important investment we can make for our society tomorrow. Yet the data are clear: What state a baby is born in makes a big difference in their chance for a strong start in life.

 National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

The goal of NCPMI is to assist programs in their implementation of sustainable systems for the implementation of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) within early intervention and early education programs.

Pyramid Plus-

The Pyramid Plus Center works to improve the social and emotional competence and inclusion of young children through the Pyramid Plus Approach: embedded inclusion practices along the entire developmental continuum (Birth – 5 years) within the Pyramid Model framework.

Colorado’s Early Learning & Development Guidelines (ELDG’s)

The early years of a child’s life — from birth to age eight — are critically important for learning and development.

The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide practical tips and points of reference that anyone can use to help kids grow.

Whether we’re experts, early childhood teachers, first-time parents, or involved friends and neighbors, we all play a role in giving kids a strong, healthy start.

Health & Well Being

The American Academy of Pediatrics

An organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Program Quality

Colorado Department of Public Health Environment maternal and child health, nurse home visitor program, nutrition services, prevention and screening.

Colorado Shines for Programs  is a quality rating and improvement system for all of Colorado’s licensed early learning programs. It encourages and supports programs to improve their quality and to connect with families looking for quality care for their children.

Colorado Shines for Professionals Professional development helps prepare you to work with and on behalf of young children and their families. It can help you to improve your knowledge, skills, practices and dispositions as a provider of early childhood services. Colorado Shines offers ways to help professionals grow and improve. Professional development helps to ensure that you are effectively supporting the children in your care during the critical early years.

The Professional Development Information System (PDIS) is the statewide web-based system supporting professional development for Colorado’s early childhood workforce.  A wide range of professional development opportunities are available to users in a variety of formats for both individual and group use. Professionals can manage their own career and professional growth using an Individual Professional Development Plan which includes professional experience, education, and training as well as individually constructed growth plans.

Early Child Care Leadership Alliance (ECCLA)  ECCLA supports Councils by providing technical assistance and capacity building, implementing shared measurement for collective impact, advocating for policies affecting early childhood issues, leveraging statewide partnerships, and serving as the voice for Colorado’s 34 Early Childhood Councils. Councils work in communities across Colorado to collaborate with local partners and align programs and services for young children and their families.  ECCLA is also the home to the T.E.A.C.H. Program and partners with the National Wildlife Federation to support implementation of theECHO Initiative.

Parent Involvement

Bright By Three offers parents of children aged 0-3 with tools, information and resources to empower them to be the first and most influential teacher in their child’s life!

Bright By Text is a great resource for parents or if you care for a child under 3 you can get free text messages sent directly to your phone.  Messages are research-based and cover a variety of child development topics.

Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. A great parent involvement tool!  Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.

Licensing Survey

Child care Licensing Inspection Feedback Survey: Help us grow and glow! The survey to give us feedback can now be found here: