Early Childhood Options

Our Vision: A community that supports the learning and development of all young children.

Our Mission: To promote a collaborative system that improves the quality, affordability of early childhood programs in Summit County.


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Join us, May 30th 2015, at Keystone Resort and Conference Center in  Keystone, CO. Featured keynote speaker Lisa Murphy (“The Ooey Gooey  Lady”), among other wonderful speakers, will be presenting. For  registration information, please visit the Special Events tab.




Ready Freddy–helping Summit County kids get ready for Kindergarten!!

Listo Francisco- ayudando a los niños de Summit a estar listos para el Kínder!!

May 2015

Freddy1. Compare how heavy one grape is compared to one apple. Compare one item to another item.

Compare como se ve una uva contra una manzana. Haga comparaciones de un artículo con otro.

2. Children build little muscles by holding rattles and picking up toys, zipping or buttoning a coat, and playing with Legos and stringing beads. Having strong hand muscles will help children be ready for Kindergarten

Los niños fortalecen los músculos pequeños deteniendo sonajas, recogiendo juguetes, abrochando botones o cierres, jugando con Legos enlazando cuentitas. El tener manos fuertes le ayudará a estar listo para el kínder.



Early Childhood Options’ Services & Programs

Child Care Resource and Referral- Child Care Resource and Referral meets a need that no one else does- providing the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers. By offering a unique blend of direct services and planning expertise, CCR&Rs help families and communities with children ages 0-8 to ensure that their children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

Right Start Project-In 2005 Summit County voters passed a local tax initiative to help support early care and learning. This program offers, Early Childhood Continuing Education Scholarships, Salary Supplement for Professionals, Quality Improvement Grants for Preschool Centers and Home Providers, and Other Collaborations with Local Agencies, see information page for more information about these partnerships.

Early Learning Ventures Alliance-Early Learning Ventures Alliance at Early Childhood Options will provide services and assistance in critical business functions such as Fiscal Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Administration, Operations & Development, Quality Improvement & Professional Development, and Referral to Supportive Services

Head Start 0-5- The Summit County Head Start 0-5 program is a comprehensive continuum of support and education to families and children zero to five years in age.  Our Early Head Start & Head Start program is a partnership between Summit County Government (grantee), Summit School District, Early Childhood Options and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.

Early Childhood Council-The Rural Resort Region Northeast Division Early Childhood Council (RRR-NE) is a formal and voluntary partnership between Summit and Grand Counties. The Council promotes a child-centered school readiness system that fosters early learning, facilitates healthy child development and promotes family success in Grand and Summit Counties.


Early Childhood Options’ NEW Job Posting:  Head Start Family Engagement Specialist

Join a dynamic team that is working to improve the lives of children and families in Summit County.  We offer a supportive and flexible work environment with an emphasis on ongoing professional development of staff.  Early Childhood Options is looking for a new Head Start Family Engagement Specialist.

Requirements for this position include:

  • Enjoy working with families with children under 5 years of age
  • Education and experience in social services, early childhood, and/or related fields
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Excellent communication skills—verbal and written
  • Comfort working with computers and data entry
  • Knowledge of various word processing and computer programs
  • Experience working with families from diverse cultures and economic levels
  • Ability to network in order to provide a comprehensive approach to client service
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Love of learning and desire to continually improve services and program
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation (mileage costs reimbursed by agency)

This position’s duties include:

    • Assist families in enrollment process, goal setting, completing paperwork and meeting Early Head Start and Head Start requirements
    • Oversee eligibility, recruitment, selection and enrollment for program
    • Work with a variety of community partners including, but not limited to community child care programs, school district, public health, family center and social services
    • Maintain communication with enrolled families throughout the program year and assist in connecting families to resources
    • Attend community and program meetings and events
    • Coordinate and/or provide parent training opportunities
    • Complete all record-keeping and reporting required by the program

Benefits:  Competitive pay based on experience, education and knowledge of Summit community.  Quality health insurance or retirement plan option.  ECE college course scholarship opportunities.  Vacation/sick time offered.  Send resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Lowe at elowe@earlychildhoodoptions.org.