Training Events


Expanding Quality FOR Infants AND Toddlers (EQIT)

This 48-hour course provides up-to-date training information to enhance your work with infants and toddlers. Cost: $50.

EQIT Courses

EQIT Course: Sept. 5-Oct. 26, 2019: Click Here – EQIT Registration Form_Saturdays_Sept-Oct2019
EQIT Course: Jan. 9-Feb. 29, 2020:  Click Here – EQIT Registration Form_Saturdays_Jan-Feb 2020
EQIT Course: March 12-May 9, 2020:  Click Here – EQIT Registration Form_Saturdays_Mar-May2020

For more information or questions, please contact Sandra Gregory at: or call (720) 560-7300


Arapahoe Community College (ACC)

2 Options Coming this Fall at Arapahoe Community College
Director Recertification Classes 
– Leadership Essentials: ECE 275 101
– Exploring the Arts: ECE 126 and ECE 127
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English Language Learning (ELL)
Through a generous grant from the Buell Foundation, ACC is offering two English Language Learning (ELL) cohorts:
1) Spanish speakers with an instructor fluent in Spanish and
2) Students with English as their second language. Extra support will be provided for these students.
Full scholarships for ECE 101 Intro to Early Childhood Education and ECE 103 Guidance Strategies will be available for the ELL cohorts.
Contact Kristin Habicht, or Kathy Sutherland, for more information.


Partnering with Families: Communication, Connection and Collaboration

Please join Developmental Pathways and ABCD for an Early Learning Professional Development Training on “Partnering with Families: Communication, Connection and Collaboration.” This training is geared towards early learning programs, specifically directors and teachers who work with children birth to five years of age.

This training will be held on January 23, 2020, from 6:30-8:30PM at:
Developmental Pathways- Inverness Office
325 Inverness Drive South, Englewood, CO 80112

See the attached flyer for more details and click here to register.
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Learn How to Help Protect Children from the Impact of Secondhand Smoke

The American Lung Association is offering free training to organizations serving low-income families on electronic smoking devices, how to prevent secondhand smoke and aerosol exposure, and an introduction to asthma. The training is offered in-person or online. Topics include:

  • E-cigarette aerosol and secondhand smoke
  • Health impact of secondhand smoke exposure on children
  • Motivational interviewing techniques
  • Available local and statewide tobacco cessation resources and support
  • Basic information about asthma and how to manage it

Visit for up-to-date resources on e-cigarettes, secondhand smoke, asthma, marijuana, and more!

Organizations who implement ONE Step are eligible for gift cards and other prizes. Schedule your training today so we can all work together in creating safe and clean environments for children to grow up in. If you have questions, please reach out to Valerie Steinmetz ( or 303-847-0279).

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals (CMCCP) Training

See a list of the upcoming 6-hour CMCCP/CACFP trainings as well as the 8-hour CMCCP trainings below. Please share with early childhood professionals in your network.

Register Click here to Register for the scheduled course:

      • Mesa County/Grand Junction
        August 31, 2019
        9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
        Mesa County Health Department- 510 29½ Street, Grand Junction, CO 80504
      • Montezuma County/Cortez
        September 28, 2019
        9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
        Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall- 208 N. Dolores Road, Cortez, CO 81321
      • Weld County/Greeley
        October 5, 2019
        9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
        Weld County Training Center- 1104 H St. Greeley, CO 80631
      • Douglas County/Castle Rock
        October 19, 2019
        9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
        High Pointe Academy
        4721 N Industrial Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109

To Learn More:
Contact Heather Aguilar or Amber Troutman to learn more or schedule a training.


Professional Development Opportunities…
This bi-annual publication provides information about training sessions offered by our agency. All sessions are presented by highly qualified part-time staff. Certificates are provided to document your professional development, interactive learning ex-periences, current best practice information for early childhood professionals…all at affordable prices.

Pyramid Plus Approach Training

Early Childhood professionals working to improve the social emotional health of children Birth – 5 years: includes administrators, coaches, trainers, teachers, Early Childhood Mental Health consultants, Early Intervention providers and other health professionals are encouraged to attend.

PPA Registration Form – June 2019

PPA June 2019 Flyer

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Plays and Learns

Plays and Learns

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Moves and Grows

Moves and Grows

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Wonders and Explores

Wonders and Explores

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Loves and Connects

Loves and Connects

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Watch Videos on Early Childhood Development (Below)

Experiences Build Brain Architecture

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes

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Training / Conferences


This 48-hour training provides teachers, assistant teachers, family child care providers and early interventionists with up-to-date information to enhance their work with infants and toddlers, as well as meet regulatory requirements for training by the state. EQIT includes 16 modules covering topics such as: Brain Development, Responsive Caregiving, Culture, Literacy, Meeting the Emotional Needs of Infants and Toddlers, and Celebrating the
Profession. This course is funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services through the Douglas County Early Childhood Council.  The EQIT Curriculum has been approved by the Division of Child Care as one of the classes that can be used for Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications.

Saturdays: 8:00-2:00 pm: Aug. 2018                                                                                            Location: St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 9203 S. University Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Cost of Course: $50.00 Check or money order made payable to: DCECC, 3950 Trail Boss Lane, Castle Rock, CO 80104.


Child Care Innovations

Child Care Innovations at Red Rocks Community College has existed for more than twenty years, providing training and support to child care providers, building child care capacity, and developing programs to enhance quality. As a contracted partner of Qualistar Colorado, they provide child care referrals, consumer education, and provider services for the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park. 

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Professional Resources

DCECC Scholarship Application at Arapahoe Community College

Early Educators: Are you thinking about continuing your education in the field of early childhood?
DCECC is offering a scholarship program to financially support this journey.

DCECC Scholarship Application v.2

Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant

This opportunity is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions.

Resources from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

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Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood:

OEC Child Care Licensing & Administration

OEC Background Checks

OEC Colorado Child Care Assistance Program

OEC Health & Safety Requirements:

OEC Quality Initiatives

OEC Rules & Regulations

OEC Supports, Resources & Guides

OEC Professional Certifications

OEC Training

Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS):
As an early childhood professional, you know the early years are a critical period in a child’s learning and development. Colorado Shines 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.  By participating in Colorado Shines, early learning programs demonstrate their commitment to quality and continual improvement. Quality early learning programs help children start early and start strong.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (PDIS): The Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS) is a web-based system providing free and easy access to professional development courses. This system tracks training and education, provides high-quality online professional development, and helps individuals select a professional development path according to their competency level, their professional development goals, their job or role, and their geographic location.  Through the Colorado Shines PDIS, online courses, scholarships, opportunities to connect with other early childhood professionals and other resources are provided at no cost to you. The Colorado Shines PDIS also calculates your Early Childhood Professional Credential level.
View the PDIS Course Catalog.

Colorado’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines describe a child’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old and provide practical tips and fun ideas that anyone can use to support young children’s healthy development.



ACC and the Early Childhood Education Department faculty are committed to providing you with a wide variety of academic pathways, and a strong foundation that meets your career goals in early care and education as well as other related fields.


EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children): EPIC is about business leaders supporting early childhood through advocacy and workplace initiatives

EPIC TOOLKIT FOR EMPLOYERS: This toolkit provides the business sector with the resources and knowledge needed to be part of the solution to enhance Colorado’s early childhood environment.

Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC):
With EPIC’s advocacy efforts, the 2018 Colorado General Assembly extended CCTC through 2025.  Colorado taxpayers have donated more than $50M per year since its reinstatement in 2015. EPIC also actively engaged to increase the child care services tax credit for families with child care expenses.

Heckman Equation:
online resource for policymakers, advocates and organizations promoting early childhood education and development. (Note: There are several short but very good video clips on this website).

Colorado Children’s Campaign:
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado.

Kids Count Report:
KIDS COUNT in Colorado! examines child well-being trends in this comprehensive report on child well-being.


Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help reduce those numbers. They recommend supine positioning (baby on its back), the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include breastfeeding, avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs, routine immunization, and the use of a pacifier. The recommendations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement. Read more:

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