Family Child Care Providers, Teachers and Leaders

Clayton Early Learning serves training options for diverse and multiple populations, meeting the needs of Family Child Care Providers, Teachers and Leaders.

Family Child Care Providers: If you care for your grandchildren, your sister’s children or a neighbor’s children in your home - as a business, or to help out -  or if you are a stay-at-home parent, you have a very important job! Children’s early experiences shape their later success as learners and as caring adults. Many providers and caregivers have questions about this vital role, including about activities to keep little hands and curious minds busy, how to help children learn to get along with each other, and how to ensure that children are healthy and ready for school. The Help Me Learn section of this web site is a great resource, as well as the following course offerings listed below.

Teachers: Each year at our Training Center, more than 2,500 teachers and educators from all over Colorado receive professional development. As our professional development services are constantly informed by evidence-based research, we only teach what’s proven most effective in the classroom. Adding customized coaching ensures that the teacher’s new learnings are fully embedded into his or her teaching practice. All our courses are aligned with the Colorado Department of Education early learning standards.

Leaders: The Clayton Early Learning Institute offers several ways to build leadership skills. Advancing the early childhood education field requires strong leadership at every level to:

  • Support effective teaching practices and work with families
  • Create community partnerships
  • Build systems and promote policies to ensure that all young children have the opportunity to succeed

Today's leaders need to be able to think strategically, and communicate and collaborate with a diverse set of stakeholders. In addition, they need to advocate effectively on behalf of children and understand the latest findings on child development and education practices. And, today, early childhood leaders need to know how to evaluate and communicate program outcomes.

  • Workshops at our Training Center cover topics such as:
    • Teambuilding

    • Reflective supervision

    • Communication skills

    • Managing conflict

    • Creating a positive organizational culture

    • A year-long Reflective Leadership Program of monthly seminars covers topics of interest to participants.

    • We offer onsite training tailored to specific program needs.

    • The Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program is a 25-credit graduate level certificate program offered in partnership with the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education.  For an update on the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program for 2013-2014, please click here to email the BECLN coordinator.

For more information on our current offerings in leadership development, or to learn about onsite training tailored to specific program needs, please

Please click on the tltles listed below, to learn more about which trainings can be tailored to your group's requirements.

Who Should Attend:

FCC = Family Child Care Providers
L = Leaders
T = Teachers
R = Raters and Certified Observers


Current Offerings