Quality Improvement Professional Learning Community Program

With generous support from the Community Innovation and Resilience for Care and Learning Equity (CIRCLE) Grant program, the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children (COAEYC) is excited to pilot its Quality Improvement Professional Learning Community Program.
A Professional Learning Community is a cohort of professionals who gather to learn, share, and grow together. The purpose of this program is to provide professional development that continues beyond the Zoom room. Why does this matter? Studies have shown a direct relationship between professional development and educator turnover. In fact, an interest in professional learning and an internalized professional identity may have a larger impact on the length of time a teacher spends in the field than salary, experience, and formal education. It's important that teachers feel prepared for their role and that they see themselves as the capable professionals that they are. A PLC is a wonderful learning opportunity because it allows teachers to learn together and to learn from each other. Our hope is that through this experience, the participants have the support they need to implement new practices into their classroom and can then mentor their colleagues on how to improve the quality of their classrooms as well.
Quality through Inclusion Cohort - Sep-Nov 2022
The COAEYC Quality Improvement PLC is currently seeking applicants who are interested in participating in ongoing coaching and training focused on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) from September to November. Participating Early Childhood Programs may select up to two (2) teachers from the same classroom to attend one-hour weekly sessions with a DEIB coach and trainer. An administrator, preferably a director or assistant director, for each program must also participate in three (3) one-hour long DEI trainings provided by COAEYC.
All training and PLC sessions will be held virtually on Zoom. The application for this cohort will close August 17th, 2022 at 11:59pm.
Paraprofessionals, assistant teachers, and aides may participate in the cohort as part of a teaching team. At least one person on the teaching team must be a lead teacher or credentialed Early Childhood Teacher (Level II Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 or Level III Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0).

  • This program is offered at no cost to the participants.
  • Teachers will receive three (3) trainings focused on anti-bias and anti-racist practices, disability inclusion, language justice, and other DEIB-focused topics
  • Teachers will participate in a Professional Learning Community (PLC) of up to 12 educators facilitated by a DEIB coach to extend and strengthen their learning
  • Administrators will also receive three (3) trainings focused on DEIB-business practices, supporting their teachers with implementation, and more.
  • Programs will receive DEIB materials for the participating classroom or learning space
  • Programs will receive reimbursement for each participating teacher's time with their cohort ($18/hour up to 11 hours per teacher or family child care home provider, up to 2 teachers per program)
  • Applying programs must hold a current Child Care License in the state of Colorado.
  • Each program may choose one classroom to participate unless the program is a Family Child Care Home.
  • All program models are welcome to apply, with preference given to center-based classrooms and Family Child Care home programs.
  • All areas of the state are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to rural communities and communities with high population of immigrant families, refugee families, and families of color.  
  • Preference will be given to programs that participate in CACFP and CCAP.
Beginning the week of 9/5 and ending the week of 11/14.
Each program can submit one (1) application. Each program must select one teacher or a teaching team of two (2) teachers from the same classroom to participate. If you're a Family Child Care Home provider and it's possible to do so, you are welcome to include a co-teacher or assistant. Why? It is helpful to train in pairs! They learn the same content at the same time and have the opportunity to reflect together and collaborate. Additionally, this teacher or teaching team will gain the skills they need to share their knowledge and mentor other teachers. Early childhood teachers are professionals with expertise and knowledge. They are also leaders. When we nurture leadership development in teachers, we see improvements in teaching practices, learning practices, and student outcomes.

The teachers in the cohort will meet once weekly for one hour.
  • Once monthly the teachers will attend a one-hour DEIB training.
  • Three times monthly the teachers will attend a Professional Learning Community session with their DEIB coach.
Teachers should expect to meet for a total of 11 hours. Teachers will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the cycle for the domains of Family and Community Partnerships and Social-Emotional Health and Development Promotion.
Each program will select one administrator to attend three (3) DEIB trainings (once monthly). The administrator should be a director, assistant director, or other program administrator who is responsible for supporting teachers' professional growth and informing program policies. Administrators should expect to meet for a total of 3 hours and will receive a certificate of completion for clock hours at the end of the cycle. Participation from an administrator is a requirement for the program. COAEYC will not provide reimbursement for administrators during this cycle.

Paid Time:
Programs are expected to provide paid time for teachers to participate in the cohort. COAEYC will reimburse the early learning program $18/hour for the hours that up to two (2) teachers or family child care home providers from each program meet with the cohort. A teacher must be present for the program to receive reimbursement for that time. COAEYC will not provide reimbursement for administrators during this cycle.


Upcoming Cohorts

Quality through Healthy Social-Emotional Development- February 2023