October 9th, 2023

Can we take a moment of your time?

The Early Childhood Council SLV has created a survey to gather data surrounding recruitment and retention within the early childhood career path. We are trying to capture the current conditions and where improvements can be made going forward.

If you could please take a couple of minutes to answer the questions on the survey below, we would greatly appreciate it!

ECC Recruitment and Retention Survey

Halloween Fun and Events

The Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley is preparing for our annual Trunk or Treat event!

We had a great turnout last year and would like to invite those who are interested in participating as vendors back! We will begin setting up in the Early Childhood Council's parking lot at 4:30 PM on Friday, October 27th.

The Trunk or Treat event will be from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. See flyer below for more details.

We hope to see you all there!

More fun for your Halloween Weekend!

Welcome to the PLAYbook:

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood has created the PLAYbook as a useful resource for Learning Through Play for Colorado's Families and Caregivers.

The PLAYbook showcases activities that support healthy child development. These fun ideas set the child up for a lifelong love of learning. They can be part of your everyday routines at home, outdoors and in the community. Children are learning all the time, especially when they are playing. You can be a trusted guide. Children who feel safe are ready to learn.

Mental Health Awareness-Project Succeed

We are inviting you to register for Project Succeed's second training series for Project SUCCEED (Supporting Colorado Children’s Early Emotional Development) being offered by JFK Partners, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health (CoAIMH). SUCCEED is a Mental Health Awareness Training grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), that is intended to help increase our state’s capacity to address the unmet mental health needs of Colorado’s children.

Full Article Here

October 2023 - Farm to Child Month

Local food is an essential component of Farm to Child. Purchasing local food supports our state’s economy while providing highly nutritious and flavorful food to children in care. In week one of Farm to Child month we will discuss local food purchasing, choosing which items to purchase and where to find them.

Full Article Here


What is Serve and Return? - Part 1


Serve and return interactions shape brain architecture. When an infant or young child babbles, gestures or cries, and an adult responds appropriately with eye contact, words or a hug, neural connections are built and strengthened in the child’s brain that support the development of communication and social skills. Much like a lively game of tennis, volleyball or Ping-Pong, this back-and-forth is both fun and capacity-building.

When caregivers are sensitive and responsive to a young child’s signals and needs, they provide an environment rich in serve and return experiences.


Learn about the 5 steps for Brain Building with Serve and Return by watching the video below.

Video in English:

Vídeo en español:

Family Matters-Improving Health Together.

Colorado State University's October issue of the Family Matters newsletter in English.

Click here for flyer.

La Familia Importa: Mejorar la Salud Juntos.

Edición de Octubre del boletín Family Matters de la Universidad Estatal de Colorado en español.

Haga clic aquí para ver el folleto.

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