The Early Childhood Service Corps is a training and education program with an Early Childhood focus. There are two tracks for interested adults to pursue:
Both tracks provide free, contactless training that enables adults 50+ to gain the skills they need to be successful in the Early Childhood field.
Our Volunteer Business Advisor Track is intended for any interested volunteer with a background in business related work, including human relations, budget and finance, leadership and more.
Our Classroom Track is intended for older adults who are interested in volunteering or working in a classroom or childcare setting with children from birth to age 5.
Our existing training course work contains Early Childhood focus areas and modules to allow our EC Service Corps to be prepared and qualified to volunteer in early childhood home and center sites, as well as prepare them to continue their education to become an Early Childhood Teacher, Substitute Teacher or Aide and apply for employment within a licensed childcare community.
If you are 50+ and interested in learning about the Early Childhood field, and/or have a desire to continue along a trajectory to potential employment within Early Childhood, the EC Service Corps is for you! If you have been a business owner or business management professional, you may be eligible for the VBA track. If you are interested in a free info session, you can sign up here.
All training will be conducted through online modules (Zoom).
For the Volunteer Business Advisor track: Retired business volunteers will take training in Early Childhood Rules and Regulations and then be matched with a licensed home care provider or licensed childcare center to provide free, one on one, business mentorship and support.
For the Classroom track: to ensure the success of our volunteer EC Service Corps includes the ECSC Training Courses with an Early Childhood Focus (mental health first aid, diversity-equity-inclusion, motivational interviewing, digital literacy, cultural competencies, the Growing Brain(™) and Understand the ECE Field). This course work will prepare Service Corps members for meaningful and impactful volunteer opportunities in infant, toddler or preschool classrooms.
The pre-course work will allow the candidate to become accustomed to taking courses online, working on Canvas and through Zoom. All course work meets the ECE competencies required by the Colorado Office of Early Learning (OEC).
**We're now recruiting for our third ever cohort! First and foremost, folks interested in joining the Early Childhood Service Corps should complete an interest form online.
After that, we invite you to attend an informational session, held every Tuesday (10am MT) & Thursday (4pm MT) starting on Sept. 27th, 2022. You can register on our Information Signup page.
Next, you will complete a simple application to the Early Childhood Service Corps training & education program. Then, you are able to complete the online ECSC training modules online, via Zoom.
If your Early Childhood Center could use additional assistance with:
…our Volunteer Business Advisors (VBAs) could be a great fit for your EC site!
Our Volunteer Business Advisors want to help your center thrive!
The Volunteer Business Advisors are part of our Early Childhood Service Corps, and bring their expertise and passion to your center to help you achieve your business goals. Our retired business volunteers take training in Early Childhood Rules and Regulations and then are matched with licensed home care providers or licensed childcare centers like yours to provide free, one on one, business mentorship and support.
Fill out this form to get a VBA or Volunteer/Sub for your center today.
We focus on providing flexible support to licensed childcare centers and preschools by using trained older adults as volunteers and workforce candidates.
To get volunteer support for your site, visit our Volunteer Support Form.