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The Douglas County Early Childhood Council Executive Committee is a dedicated team of experts representing various local Douglas County organizations serving parents with young children, prenatal to age 8. This group meets monthly to provide oversight for the implementation of DCECC’s annual work plan, as part of its overall strategic plan, and makes recommendations concerning policies and procedures.
Early Childhood Coordinator, Douglas County School District
2018-2020 DCECC Chair
Deborah Baumann has worked in the Early Childhood field for twenty years and currently is an Early Childhood Coordinator for Douglas County School District. She received her B.A. in Distributed Studies: Psychology and Special Education and her M. A. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Colorado. Deborah is passionate about her work with families and young children and is presently working to support and increase quality Early Childhood Education for young children in Douglas County.
Social Work to Social Worker, Douglas County School District
Kristi Hepting has been a school social worker with the Early Childhood Department of the Douglas County School District (DCSD) for the past 12 years. Her responsibilities include supporting families through the Child Find process and explaining the DCSD integrated preschool program. She supports preschool teams and families with community resources when they need them and advocates for change on behalf of families with young children. Kristi is passionate about her involvement with the Douglas County Early Childhood Council so she can expand her work in the Douglas County community. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.
Director, Child Care Innovations at Red Rocks Community College
Executive Director, Triad Early Childhood Council
Patricia Bolton has worked in the early care and education field for more than 20 years. She is currently Director of Child Care Innovations at Red Rocks Community College. In this capacity, she manages programs that include a variety of early childhood education training and support initiatives, child care subsidies for families in crisis, and child care licensing. Patricia is also Executive Director of the Triad Early Childhood Council, a three-county partnership of public and private stakeholders working to increase quality, access, and quality of early childhood services across the domains of early learning, health, mental health, and family support. She is an ordained minister and former registered nurse. Her extensive work in the early care and education field has included operation of a licensed family childcare home, serving as president of state and local family childcare associations, as well as involvement on local, state, and national task forces, advisory committees, and boards. Patricia has also worked as a Childcare Resource and Referral Counselor and Early Childhood Education (ECE) adjunct faculty for Red Rocks Community College, and has been a workshop presenter locally and nationally.
Early Childhood Nutrition Specialist, Tri-County Health Dept.
Amanda Gersabeck has worked as a Registered Dietitian for over 20 years. Her public health roles have included working with The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and The Health Care Program for Children with Special Needs. Amanda is currently working as the Early Childhood Nutrition Specialist for The Tri-County Health Department where she is involved with presentations and training sessions with community groups to encourage healthy habits starting from a young age. She studied dietetics and Spanish at Miami University in Ohio and completed her dietetic internship at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Patrick B. Sweeney
Program Development Manager, Douglas County Dept. of Human Services
Pat Sweeney has worked in the Child Welfare field in Colorado for over thirty years as a caseworker, treatment provider, supervisor and administrator. He is currently the Program Development Manager for Douglas County Human Services Division of Child Welfare. Pat’s duties include a variety of program and community collaboration including; Family Engagement, Permanency for Youth, Colorado Disparity Resource Center, Applied Research in Child Welfare with Colorado State University and the Social Work Internship program. A native of New York, Pat received his maters degree from Boston University School of Social Work.
Program Manager, Developmental Pathways, Early Intervention Dept.
Leslie Hendrickson is a program manager for Douglas County in the Early Intervention Department at Developmental Pathways. In this role, she supports a team of Service Coordinators who are assigned to families with children 0-3 years old with any disability or developmental delay. Leslie started with Developmental Pathways first as a parent in the program, then as a service coordinator, and now as a team leader for more than 10 years. She’s also worked as a Head Start teacher and director and served as a Child Find Coordinator for the Elizabeth School District. Leslie has a BS in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland and a MS from SUNY Oswego in Early Childhood Education.
Dept. Chair, Early Childhood Education Dept., Arapahoe Community College
Kristin Habicht has been working in the field of Early Childhood for more than 25 years and in a variety of roles. She has a BA in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Child Development. As the Department Chair for the Early Childhood Education Department at Arapahoe Community College, she wears many hats—from serving on state and local committees and overseeing adjunct faculty to teaching college students. Kristin is especially passionate about high quality care and leadership in our field. After work, you can find her gardening with her husband or scoping out antiques at local stores.
Rebecca is a stay at home Mom who grew up in Douglas County. She has two young children who attend Douglas County schools and has a great interest in early childhood education.
Family Support Manager, Douglas Department of Human Services
Melissa has worked in Human Services for over twenty years in a variety of roles. She currently manages the customer service team, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) along with Child Support Services at Douglas County. She has a BS and MPA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Melissa is a Colorado native; living in Douglas County for the last 21 years. She and her husband keep busy with helping their four children launch into adulthood; having three in high school and one in college.
Director, Christ Lutheran Church Preschool
Deb Morgans serves as Director at Christ Lutheran Church Preschool. Her many years in the education field have provided her with wonderful opportunities for growth, but her passion is in Early Childhood. She is also a member of the ECCDA (Early Childhood Christian Directors Association) serving as President in the past. Deb has a B.A. in Behavioral Science and Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. She enjoys spending time with her husband walking and enjoying the Colorado sun. They have three children, one grown and two in college.
Preschool Director, Parker Core Knowledge Charter School
Kristi is the Preschool Director at Parker Core Knowledge Charter School. She was hired to design and open the preschool and is very proud to have built this program from the ground up. Kristi has been a part of DCECC for the last several years in various capacities and is honored to be a DCECC Executive Committee Member. She married her best friend 23 years ago and is in the throws of raising four children.
Coordinator, Douglas County Library Book Start Program
Kristin Davidson has been the Coordinator of the Douglas County Libraries Book Start program since January 2017. She started her career with Aurora Public Schools as a Preschool Facilitator in 2011. Kristin is certified in Cradling Literacy, Nurturing Parenting Program, child curriculum 2015, Bright By Three, and completed the CLASS tool assessment PDIS Credential Level 3. In 2018, she became a Parents as Teachers Educator through Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council. Kristin is currently obtaining her Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado Denver, through the Temple Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program.
Director, Douglas County Early Childhood Council (DCECC)
Sandy Gregory coordinates and directs the work of the DCECC. Her responsibilities include day-to-day operations, partnership building and convening, community relations activities, systems building management, resource development and grant writing. She serves as a liaison with local organizations dedicated to the welfare of families and young children, Douglas County collaborative groups, and the state of Colorado Office of Early Childhood. Her prior experience includes marketing, community relations, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Sandy has a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado and a MS in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis.
The DCECC Executive Committee meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9–11:30 a.m. at the Douglas County School District Early Childhood Center South in Castle Rock. Guests are welcome. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to attend.
DCECC General Membership Meetings are held quarterly from 6-7:45 p.m. in the months of Sept., Nov., Feb., and May. Topics include early childhood development, quality improvement in child care settings, Kindergarten readiness, and more. The location changes and is announced as the meeting date approaches. If you would like to receive meeting invites, please email Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the distribution list.