About

About The ECEA

The Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of child care centers. Membership includes a free subscription to the Exchange Magazine, the ECEA newsletter and automatic membership in the Early Care and Education Consortium at no additional charge. Members also receive discounts from several vendors including Exchange Resources and Kaplan Early Learning Company.

Established on September 6, 1985, ECEA has become the second largest child care association in the nation and represents over 400 licensed child care centers, preschools, and school-age programs. It is governed by a 21 member board of directors elected by the membership and functions through committees.

ECEA membership is comprised of licensed child care centers, encompassing single and multiple centers, profit and non-profit centers, faith-based and secular centers, preschool and school-age programs. Each member has one vote regardless of the number of centers represented. Members are encouraged to attend monthly meetings and participate in committee work.


Our Mission

To promote the growth, long-term sustainability, and quality of licensed private early childhood education programs for children birth to 12 years. This is achieved through advocacy, education, and legislative representation.


Our Vision

Private early childhood education is an essential part of the educational system, is of high quality, and supports parental choice to meet the needs of Colorado’s families and their children.


Our Objectives

  • To perpetuate licensed child care in private sector centers and programs.
  • To encourage excellence, education and professionalism within the child care industry.
  • To encourage uniformity and fairness within the child care regulatory process.
  • To encourage and support creativity, individuality and innovativeness within the child care industry.
  • To provide a forum for the free sharing of knowledge, ideas, experiences and resources.
  • To educate the public and foster a positive image of early care and education.