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HuLA Early Childhood Council offers Free EQIT Course in January 2018

December 15, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

AGUILAR — Beginning Monday, January 8, 2018, the Huerfano-Las Animas (HuLA) Counties Early Childhood Advisory Council, Trinidad State Jr. College (TSJC) and Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will collaborate to offer a professional development opportunity to the bi-county region. Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care (EQIT) Program is a FREE 16 week course offered to early childcare professionals, parents, and grandparents. This 3-hour course will be held on Monday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at the Aguilar School, 420 North Balsam Street. In addition to course work, it is highly recommended for students to receive at least one hour of coaching related to the course modules.

All regional childcare providers and those interested in childcare or the early development of a child from birth to age 5 are encouraged to attend. The course will include sixteen classes, 3-hour modules: The Wonder of Infancy, Care of the Spirit, Responsive Care giving for Healthy Relationships, Our Partners, The Families, Cornerstones of Quality Care, Health, Safety, and Nutrition (two modules), The Power of Places and Space, Day to Day the Relationship Way: Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers, Exploring Early Learning, Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn, The Joy of Discovering Literacy, Babies in Motion, Understanding and Respecting the Gifts of Culture, Welcoming Children with Special Needs, Making a Difference with Relationship Based Care, Celebrating Our Profession. In addition to the 48 hour direct class time, each participate will be offered mentoring or coaching to enhance their knowledge of the EQIT program and their skills.

Attendance is mandatory for completion of the program. Individuals completing the EQIT program will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Colorado Department of Education. The EQIT program is a partial fulfillment of Colorado State licensing education requirements specific to Early Childhood Teacher, Center Teacher, Center Director and Family Child Care licenses.

To inquiry more about this program and RSVP, please contact Deb Hartman at (719) 845-0568 or Jennifer Sanchez McDonald at (719) 845-0463 by Monday, January 8, 2018.