EQIT

The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County provides Expanding Quality Infant Toddler (EQIT) Caregiving Training.


2020 EQIT Schedule


More About Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care

The Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative (EQ) began in 1999 as a joint collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care. The goal is to increase the quality and availability of infant toddler group care in Colorado through a variety of professional development activities. Funding for this initiative is provided by federal Child Care Development Fund dollars.

Activities and Accomplishments

The primary activity of the EQ Initiative is providing training and coaching in infant toddler caregiving to child care providers across Colorado. This 48-hour EQ Curriculum course meets the training requirements specific to infant nursery supervisor and the specialized family child care licenses. All training and coaching is offered at no charge to providers.

In an effort to build local community capacity, the EQ Initiative utilizes a “Training of Trainers” approach. Over 110 individuals have completed the EQ Training of Trainers and are now conducting training and providing support to early childhood professionals in their local communities.

Since the beginning of the EQ Initiative, over 1850 child care providers throughout Colorado have completed the full, 48-hour EQ Training Course. Many of these providers have also received coaching in their workplace using the EQ Relate coaching tool.

EQ Community Teachers are active in pursuing their own professional development. The EQ Initiative supports this effort by offering ongoing learning opportunities for those who are conducting EQ training. Over 250 hours of professional development, including an Advanced Infancy Certification course, have been offered to our cadre of EQ Community Teachers.

EQ Curriculum

The EQ Curriculum supports a comprehensive, introductory course in providing quality group care for infants and toddlers. This course builds on the knowledge and experiences of infant toddler caregivers through interesting, interactive and fun activities. At the heart of the EQ Curriculum is a belief in the importance of providing responsive, respectful, relationship-based quality care for all infants and toddlers.

For more information contact ECCBC Expanding Quality Infant Toddler Coordinator, Jane Wilkinson at jen2846@comcast.net or Ph: 303-931-9177.