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.
Learn more about our opportunities to be involved below.
*We are no longer recruiting Corps Members for Cohort II. To get on the Cohort III waitlist (Oct 2022 - Feb 2023) here.
**We ARE currently recruiting Early Childhood sites to partner with us to receive support! Sign up below:***.
Our volunteers receive early childhood training, and are able to assist in early childhood classrooms in many ways, with playground assistance, small group work, reading buddies, crafts, storytelling, just to name a few!
Centers can sign on with ECSC to be a Partner Site and host Encore Substitutes at their Center. Our Encore Subs are Early Teacher Qualified through collaborative partnerships within ECSC.
Centers can sign up to be matched with one of our VBA’s. Our volunteers possess a wide variety of skills and experiences in specific areas of business to support Centers in capacity building.
Classroom volunteers receive 24 hours of Early Childhood Education training in order to support early childhood sites.
Encore Substitutes can pursue two tracks of training in order to obtain Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) certification to pursue employment in early childhood classrooms.
Volunteer Business Advisors bring their previous business expertise and passion to licensed childcare, and preschool centers to help them achieve their business goals.
...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
- MARGARET MEAD
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