February 2020

Creating an environment where all children are valued, healthy, and thriving
Connections in Early Childhood
Broomfield Early Childhood Council
News & Events

In this issue:
  • BECC Upcoming Events
  • Professional Development and Early Childhood Learning Opportunities
  • Resources & Information
  • Article: Including children with disabilities into classroom
  • Ongoing BECC Activities
Upcoming Events
Confident Parenting Classes, starting April 2
Confident Parenting is a six week course for parents of preschool age children. Helps to develop skills to reduce stress and challenging behaviors and build a healthy relationship with your child. Visit our website to sign up and learn more. www.broomfieldecc.org/confident-parenting

Mental Health Training Day, March 14
We have scheduled the Mental Health training day for March 14th from 9am - 3:30pm, 6 Garden Center. This will be about healthy brain development and supporting co-regulation. Click here for the flyer. Space is limited, click here to register now!

Broomfield Early Childhood Council Orientation, March 30
BECC is a nonprofit funded by the State, Broomfield County, Foundations, and community donations. Our goal is to create a community based system that supports the health and education of children, their families and their providers. Sounds simple? Not at all. We'd like to go into more depth on our goals, our programs, our partners to help you get a better understanding of what Broomfield Early Childhood Council is. Join us for this one hour presentation, refreshments provided. March 30, 6-7pm at 6 Garden Center. Click here!

Virtual Mental Health Learning Community
BECC has been a part of an online virtual learning community to target mental health integration. We've learned about mental health integration practices, legislative updates, understanding trauma. We share this information with our Health and Wellness committee on the third Thursdays of the month. So much information that we can share, please email us here and we will share with you!

Pinwheels for Prevention
BECC, Broomfield Health and Human Services and Broomfield Library is partnering to support Child Abuse Prevention Awareness! This is the month where we plant beautiful, whimsical pinwheels promote resources and education to families and community on how to prevent child abuse! Our official pinwheel planting at the Broomfield Public Library on April 9th at 10:45am.
Professional Development and
Early Childhood Learning Opportunities
Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference, April 16 - April 17
A two day conference that supports home visiting with workshops to include: parenting & child development; health & safety for families; health & wellbeing for providers; innovative program strategies. Click here for flyer. Visit website at www.parentpossible.org/conference

Interested in starting your own family home child care?

The BECC has some funds to support setting up and starting your own licensed child care home! We have already helped a local Broomfield resident re-license and can help you navigate this system; it can be complex and difficult.

Sue Lohmiller will meet with you and review all the items you need to move forward to have a bonafide state licensed home for child care! Email us here at info@broomfieldecc.org
Resources & Information
Broomfield Resource Guide
Be sure to bookmark this online resource guide to support families and neighbors with a one stop shop in accessible Broomfield resources!

Transportation, Health Care, Child Services, Emergency Assistance, Adult & Senior Services

Early Learning Development Guidelines
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.

Needs Assessment & Strategic Planning
BECC is starting a new Needs Assessment as we move through the Strategic Planning process. What does this mean? We need YOU! We need you for focus groups, surveys, and how we can help you to achieve your mission as an organization that supports early childhood! You will be receiving more information as focus groups are forming!
Article: Including children with disabilities into the classroom
‘No other way’: How these Denver schools include students with disabilities, and why more could follow
By Melanie Asmar, originally published February 6, 2020 Chalkbeat Colorado
In June, the school board passed  a resolution  committing a [Denver] School District to become “a model … in the nation” for inclusive practices. The resolution was inspired by a task force of parents, educators, and advocates. Their overarching  recommendation : Stop segregating students with disabilities when research shows including them benefits all students. Read More
Committees and Projects
BECC Ongoing Activities
Directors Roundtable:
March 5th from 4-6pm
Location, Emerald Elementary, 275 Emerald St, Broomfield.
Topics: Mental Health Supports and Language

Health and Wellness meetings:
Please note new meeting times and location!
Thursday, March 12 at 8am
6 Garden Center, Broomfield
Topics: We are discussing trauma language, brain development, and caregiver wellness

Family Engagement:
March 17th, 10am
Broomfield Library, 3 Community Park Drive
Topics: Social/Emotional Parenting and securing resources for families

Needs Assessment/Strategic Planning work group:
Small work group to support the early childhood needs assessment. This work will help to identify some of the greatest needs in early childhood and build our strategic plan and process for the next three years! Please email, jessica@broomfieldecc.org to be involved.