That a service corps of trained, older adults can improve the lives of young children and families, by providing a solution to the workforce crisis in early childhood; while simultaneously enhancing and improving the mental, physical and financial health of the older adults in the corps.
To integrate older adults into the Early Childhood field.
To develop and test a replicable, community-based model for recruiting, training and employing a service corps of older adults to provide flexible support in Early Childhood.
Insufficient care for children under 5 years of age costs individuals, businesses, and our entire state billions of dollars each year.
We believe a very small investment in our Early Childhood Service Corps could yield immeasurable benefits, for our economy, children and families in Colorado and older adults living in our community. To sign up for an information session, click here.
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Lisa Armao has over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. Most of that time was as Executive Director of Montessori Schools in the Denver area. Working for all these years with staff, families and children, Lisa has a deep understanding of the challenges facing Early Childhood and the areas of critical need that have been brought about by the pandemic.
Lisa truly believes aging is an asset and that if older adults are empowered and encouraged to use their experience, knowledge, and energy they can be part of the solution for the critical need in Early Childhood.Lisa believes in intergenerational relationships. To quote Margaret Mead: “Connections between generations are essential for the mental health and stability of a nation.”
The Service Corps is a wonderful way to create these relationships while supporting the Early Childhood field and the children and families they serve.
The Early Childhood Service Corps is sponsored by Montessouri Intergenerational Learning Communities (MILC). To learn more about MILC, visit: https://montessoriilc.com/
The Daniels Fund - Funding
Denver Early Childhood Council - Program Support
Colorado Children’s Campaign
The Morgridge Family Foundation
Your decision to join the Early Childhood Service Corps not only positively impacts the Early Childhood field, but also fosters critical intergenerational relationships.