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/
We believe the identity of oneself is based upon caregivers/teachers' ability to name, reflect and act on social and ecological diversity and justice. We are deeply committed to providing the children of our Partner Sites with a diverse pool of volunteers and Encore Subs.
We are committed to prepare underserved older adults to access our education and training to successfully participate in our program. Our Partner EC Sites are more diverse and serve many children with diversity of religion, gender, orientation, culture, family structures, and physical/intellectual abilities. We hope to be able to match this diversity with our volunteers and Encore Subs.
We hope to tap into older adults in our communities and work to identify and recruit volunteers who reflect the cultural and language backgrounds of the children and their families in those areas.
If you are interested in joining a board of folks committed to building a more diverse, just, inclusive, and equitable foundation for our early childhood program, please fill out the form here: bit.ly/ECSCDEIBoard
Your decision to join the Early Childhood Service Corps not only positively impacts the Early Childhood field, but also fosters critical intergenerational relationships.
“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 ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, national orientation, first language, physical, emotional, developmental (dis)Ability, age, spiritual or religious affiliation or race in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or any other -administered programs. ECSC follows Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws which guarantee equal employment opportunities regardless of disability, race, creed, color, gender, gender orientation (including transgender status), marital status, family status, religion, national origin, or ancestry.
Board of Trustees Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement:
The Board of Trustees of Montessori Intergenerational Learning Communities DBA: Early Childhood Service Corps is committed to promoting the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access throughout the organization and within our communities. We believe the identity of oneself is based upon caregivers/teachers' ability to name, reflect and act on social and ecological diversity and justice. We are deeply committed to providing a diverse pool of volunteers and Encore Subs to serve in early childhood. We are committed to prepare historically marginalized older adults to access our education and training to successfully participate in our program.