Parents & Caregivers


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

Due to the pandemic, DCECC is not able to offer the EQIT course at this time. Dates for future EQIT trainings will be determined and placed in his section as soon as is possible. Thank you for your patience.

EQIT SCHEDULE: January-March 2021; Mondays and Thursdays, 6-9 PM.

 *Mandatory EQIT ORIENTATION: Monday January 11, 6-8:30 PM

JANUARY : 1/14, 1/21, 1/25, 1/28 (no class MLK Day)

FEBRUARY:  2/1, 2/4, 2/8, 2/11, 2/18, 2/22, 2/25 (no class Presidents’ Day)

MARCH: 3/1, 3/4, 3/8, 3/11, 3/15

Click Here for more information – EQIT Registration Form_Jan_March2021_Virtual

EQIT SCHEDULE: February-April 2021; Sundays, 4-7 PM & Wednesdays, 6-9 PM.

*MANDATORY EQIT ORIENTATION: Wed., Feb. 17, 2021, 6-8:30 PM

FEBRUARY : 2/21, 2/24, 2/28
MARCH: 3/3, 3/7, 3/10, 3/14, 3/17, 3/21, 3/24, 3/28, 3/31
APRIL: 4/4, 4/7, 4/11, 4/14

Click Here for more information – EQIT Registration Form_Feb-April2021_Virtual

NAEYC’s Virtual Institute

Starting June 1, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will offer over 100 presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts and a diverse group of presenters from all sectors of the industry. These presentations at no charge as our gift for all that you give to young children and their families.

Click here to learn more

Shiloh House Parenting Classes

Shiloh House strengthens and empowers youth and families no matter what challenges they face. Shiloh’s overall goal is to make sure families and youth have coordinated, continuous, and wrap-around care within their community. Shiloh House is offering FREE virtual parenting classes to families.

Click Here – Virtual-Parenting-Class-Calendar-Aug-Nov-2020

Colorado Shines (e-learning catalog )

Use the Colorado Shines eLearning catalog to view available online courses in the Colorado Shines PDIS
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Arapahoe Community College (ACC)

Full Scholarships available for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021!
Click the links below for more information

Classes offered Fall2020


2020 Free Early Childhood Teacher Trainings

Presented by Developmental Pathways & Various Professional Partners
Click Here for 2020 Training Schedule and topics:

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)

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

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals (CMCCP) is a CDE-approved training that awards clock hours in health, safety, and nutrition. The training teaches early childhood professionals and programs about healthy food preparation, fostering positive mealtime environments and interactions, and promoting children’s development of healthy eating patterns.
Fall Cooking Matters Courses Available!


Professional Development Opportunities…

Don’t miss out on these exciting trainings being offered by Child Care Innovations.
Trainings included here are available July-December 2020.

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.

Online Pyramid Plus Training
12 days – September 2nd through November 14th

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