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PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION (ECCLA)

INTERIM COMMITTEE  EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL READINESS
Date Aug 28, 2019      
Location SCR 357



Early Childhood Council Leadership Association (ECCLA) - Committee Discussion Only

01:29:16 PM  
The next group of presenters came to the
table to begin their presentation.  Jennifer Sanchez McDonald, Interim
Executive Director of the Early Childhood Councils Leadership Association
(ECCLA), Heather Hanna,  Director of Membership and Communication,
ECCLA, Stacy Petty, Council Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Early Childhood
Council, and Jackie Florendo, Executive Director, Alliance for Kids, introduced
themselves to the committee.  A copy of their presentation can be
found as Attachment G.  Ms. Hanna told the committee about the background,
mission, and purpose of ECCLA.  She explained that councils are locally
organized and locally governed, and that there are 34 councils serving
63 of the 64 counties in Colorado.  She said that federal Child Care
and Development Funds are used to fund the councils, in addition to some
local and state funds.  She said that councils support all areas of
children and families, including early learning, health and mental health,
family support, and parent education.
01:36:55 PM  
Ms. Petty spoke about the successes and
challenges faced by the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council, Ms. Florendo
told the committee about her council in El Paso County, and Ms. Sanchez
McDonald spoke about the Huerfano and Las Animas councils.  Ms. Sanchez
McDonald discussed legislative considerations, including restoring and
continuing state general fund dollars to support the councils and ensuring
that stakeholders from various state agencies and early childhood organizations
convene to build a consensus on the role, value, and long-term funding
of councils.  The panelists answered questions from the commission.






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