An innovative, intergenerational response to the critical workforce need in the Early Childhood Field and to the unprecedented departure of older Americans from the workforce. Our program recruits, trains and deploys older adults to serve in the Early Childhood Field in the state of Colorado.
**The Early Childhood Service Corps is sponsored by Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities (MILC).
To learn more about MILC, visit: https://montessoriilc.com/**
We recruit and train adults 50+ to thrive within 3 pathways: Become an Early Childhood Classroom/Site Volunteer, Encore Sub, or Volunteer Business Advisor. See which pathway is best for you!
Centers can sign on with ECSC to be a Partner Site and receive in-classroom support from our Classroom Volunteers, Encore Subs, or partner with our Volunteer Business Advisors to help reach the operational & business goals of the site!
For Sites Wondering how the Early Childhood Service Corps Can Support their Center
Want to join ECSC but not sure about which pathway may be right for you? Join our info session to learn about all of our pathways and our process to apply.
Listen to our Corps Members and their experience!
Take a look at one of our Encore Substitutes in action: Mike Van Meter!
- MARGARET MEAD
...to come to check out our program, and most recently have been super happy to have Mr. Jim coming to volunteer with our young children.
Now that Jim has been working with us for a few weeks, we can see the huge benefits of this intergenerational interaction that allows our little 3, 4 and 5 year old children to be in the presence of a calm, grounded, centered and “emotionally available” adult who is the same age as their grandparents.
Our children love the interaction and “Mr. Jim” is very popular at Garfield Montessori. And Jim loves to be here and just “play” with and observe the children doing their thing each day. We look forward to these blossoming friendships getting deeper and deeper.”
- Jeff Waxman, Garfield Montessori School
He was charming and friendly and immediately the main attraction even though he was graciously attempting to be "in the background". It was heartwarming to see the immediate acceptance and how once again three year olds show adults how differences in age and appearances just make us more interesting. Mike was energized and inspired by their generous hearts and curious minds. This program is a beautiful union of youth and wisdom and an opportunity for them to collaborate and learn and grow together. I look forward to having another chance to watch the magic happen!”
- Bethanne Rodriguez - Director, Thrive Golden
...Both ladies visited our infant rooms. They sang and read books and even played in our sensory area in the halls with them. They were so sweet and kind. All centers need to be able to experience them coming in and just simply enjoying.”
- Darcy Ocamb, Center Director Thrive Preschool
with a great sense of energy and excitement.”
- Lindsey Levin-Salamon Director BMH- BJ Preschool
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“Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities (MILC) admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges , programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to its students. MILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or any other school-administered programs.”
“Early Childhood Service Corps does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, , religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or any other volunteer-administered programs.”