ECE Community Partners


Connections 4 Kids is charged with increasing and sustaining the quality, accessibility, capacity, and affordability of early childhood services for young children 0-5 years and their families in the areas early care and education, family support, mental health, and health. As a Council, we work to improve the quality of early learning environments to prepare young children to enter kindergarten; build the resources and skills of families; ensure that families have access to social, physical, and mental health services; and deliver resources to increase the effectiveness of early childhood professionals. We serve as an early childhood hub for partners, providers, caregivers, policymakers, and business leaders to coordinate, collaborate, and align resources. We “connect the dots” to create a seamless early childhood system that improves access to high quality services and supports for young children and their families.

Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families

Mesa County’s early childhood council is focused on strengthening partnerships within the community to leverage resources that support the holistic development of all children locally. By bringing everyone who impacts a child’s life to the table, we can better identify and overcome obstacles that families and children navigate during early childhood. We focus on increasing and improving quality care in every child care setting, supporting and building providers and workforce, and connecting families to resources that support the health and wellbeing of their children to ensure that the needs of every child in Mesa County are met. Our mission is to create, coordinate, and sustain a resource-rich, inclusive community so that children can reach their full potential in safe and optimally nurturing environments.

Montelores Early Childhood Council

Montelores Early Childhood Council serves both Montezuma and Dolores Counties in the southwest corner of the state and we envision a world where every child, family and teacher is healthy, valued and thriving. Supporting the workforce is one of our core goals. We do this through offering professional development and coaching, as well as partnering with institutions such as CNCC to bring high quality courses to the early childhood workforce in our communities. We work to connect aspiring teachers to scholarships and resources to help them achieve their goals. Feel free to connect with us by calling (970)564-3211 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

First Impressions

Routt County’s early childhood council, First Impressions of Routt County, was founded in March 1997 and works to ensure that young children are provided adequate resources and have access to quality programs to promote optimal development and school readiness. Our focus is on building an early childhood system which integrates early childhood care and education, health, mental health and family support services. First Impressions strengthens the community’s collaborative web of resources where children and families experience dignity and a sense of belonging.

Having a robust, highly qualified ECE workforce is imperative in offering children enriching, nurturing learning environments. First Impressions provides early learning providers with professional development scholarships for local colleges, including CNCC, which cover up to 90% of the total cost of classes, books, and course fees. These courses may be applied towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. For more information, Call Angela Pleshe, Program Leader for First Impressions at (970) 870-5270.

La Plata Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council of La Plata County is here to support the Early Childhood Workforce through comprehensive career guidance, professional development and scholarships to encourage educational attainment and career advancement for every early childhood professional in La Plata County. Contact us today so we can guide you to the fastest, most affordable way to become trained for positions in Early Childhood Education, no matter your career goal! Call: 970-247-0760 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Grand Beginnings

Grand Beginnings is a nonprofit agency that was formally established in 2003. The organization works to leverage partnerships and resources to strengthen comprehensive early childhood services and supports within Grand and Jackson Counties so that children are ready for life. We do this by fostering high-quality early learning environments, supporting child development, and promoting family engagement. The organization’s priorities are to strengthen: Comprehensive Early Childhood Workforce and Program Supports, Early Childhood Mental Health Supports, Child Health and Development, and Family Support and Engagement. Grand Beginnings also runs the Grand and Jackson County Early Childhood Council, a coalition of community members and leaders representing families, early childhood education, health, mental health, family and child support services, K-12 education, businesses, and local government. Early childhood care and education can provide a rewarding career, and Grand Beginnings can help you connect to an early childhood program in Grand and Jackson Counties for internships and employment. We work with the Colorado Professional Development Information System (PDIS) to connect early childhood professionals and help increase credential levels. Grand Beginnings also provides financial support to cover the cost of ongoing professional development and early childhood education courses for those working in early childhood programs and family child care homes in Grand and Jackson Counties.

Bright Futures

Bright Futures is 1 of 34 Early Childhood Councils across Colorado. Serving Delta, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties, we support the early childhood workforce with on the job coaching and training and many professional development opportunities. Scholarships are also available to support the early childhood workforce on continuing their higher education journey! For more information visit the Bright Futures website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.