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Running a Child Care business can be challenging on a good day.  From meeting compliance regulations to meeting or exceeding the definition of quality in our state, programs often run into barriers.  ECEA is here to support business owners and to help them to thrive!

ECEA membership is comprised of licensed programs and advocates.  Our programs include single and multiple centers, homes and preschools.  Our membership consists of for profit and non-profit, faith-based and secular, infant, toddler, preschool and school age programs. 

Each member has one vote regardless of the number of centers represented. 


Members are welcome to attend the monthly board meeting and to participate in committee work.  Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday from 10-Noon.  Request access by emailing: 

Advocating for Colorado programs since 1985

Our Mission

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.

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Our Vision

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

Our Objectives


To perpetuate licensed child care in private sector facilities 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 innovation 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.

Enjoy Our Membership Benefits Today!

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