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The Chaffee Early Childhood Council (CCECC) is charged with reaching out to our community with early childhood resources.
The nonprofit serves ages prenatal through age eight, encouraging and working with many diverse community partners, including organizations, parents, professionals, and individuals.

CCECC works with the community to assess local early childhood needs, identify proven solutions, and access the resources required to embed these solutions into the ongoing work of community partners.

New Childcare Opportunity for Business Owners In Chaffee

The state of Colorado is offering large grants to increase childcare facilities in employment settings. Studies have shown that employer-based childcare can improve employee retention and smooth workforce anxiety. Interested employers can follow this link for more information and contact the CCECC if you are interested in applying.

“This is a great opportunity to expand childcare in Chaffee and offer it to your employees,” notes Chaffee County Early Childhood Council Executive Director Sarah Romack.

The Chaffee County Early Childhood Council will have a booth at Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista on August. 12. Courtesy image.

The CCECC is also reminding early childhood educators that it will be offering several educator resource options throughout the month of August. These include access to certified playground safety inspection through the Edwards-based Inspector, as well as a program called FLIP IT®. This training strategy “offers a simple, kind, strength-based, commonsense and effective four-step process to address children’s day-to-day challenging behavior.”

Romack reminds the community that CCECC will have a booth at Gold Rush Days in Buena Vista, on August 12.

“We will have information, resources, cold drinks, snacks, rubber ducks, and bubbles. Come get to know your local early childhood council,” says Romack.

This Isn’t What I Expected

For parents and caregivers of very young children, the CCECC has arranged for a weekly schedule in Buena Vista and Salida called the “This Isn’t What I Expected Maternal Wellness Support Group.”

The group will provide empathy, information, resources, and practical help to parents as they navigate the challenges of raising small children.

Chaffee County Early Childhood Council

The weekly schedule:

  • Salida — every Monday
    4:30 p.m. -to 6:00 p.m.
    Salida Early Childhood Center
    516 Teller Street, Salida 81201
  • Buena Vista — every Thursday
    4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    The Grove Early Learning Center
    516 East Main St., Buena Vista 81211

“You alone can do it, but you can’t do it alone,” encourages Romack.

All caregivers and parents are welcome. Free childcare and light snacks are provided. Register using this link:

For questions, contact Sarah Romack, at