Early Childhood Paraprofessional Program

ECPP will match community early childhood classrooms of high needs kids with meaningful support. The goal is to get more hands in classrooms which are providing high quality social emotional supports for struggling children and families.

The program seeks to combine the talents of intentionally selected paraprofessionals, volunteers, and interns with mentor teachers, early childhood mental health professionals, and an ECPP Program Coordinator.

What we know: Teachers want to help kids in their classrooms who need extra support, but they also want time and attention for kids in their classrooms who are not demanding the same kinds of attention.  We know we can connect teachers with experts who can help them develop plans for success with their high-needs students, but they also need support to implement the plans.  We know that early childhood programs want to do their best for all kids, but we also know that if programs were to bring in more support staff, those costs would have to be passed on to families. 

The resources we have:  Larimer County is full of resources and if we can coordinate them correctly, we can make big changes.  We have several high education institutions who have students wanting experience in classrooms.  We have a highly educated retired population who want experiences that cross generations and allow them time to connect with young children.  We have young community members who want to get their feet wet in Early Childhood and the best way to do that is to put them in highly supportive classrooms.  We also have amazing early childhood professionals who can become mentors to these volunteers in order for their support to make the most impact.

The resources we need:  We are currently running this program as a pilot on a complete volunteer basis.  The development committee has been working for over a year to gather information and create needed procedures and documents.  The coordination and training of interns and sites has been done by local directors and Front Range administrative staff.  Evaluations and facilitation has been done by Early Childhood Council staff.  At the volunteer level, we believe we can support about 5 classrooms.  With additional support for a full-time coordinator and some support for some additional training, we believe we can support 25 to 30 classrooms.  5 classrooms makes a meaningful impact for the kids and families enrolled in those classrooms. 25 to 30 classrooms will make a difference across our community.

What we think we can achieve: There are five different populations for whom this program makes a significant impact. Hover on the boxes below to see these positive impacts!

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Other Children Enrolled in Mentor Classrooms
Children with Difficult Behaviors
Mentor Teachers
The Community
The Paraprofessionals