In addition to leveraging early learning research to impact state and national policy, MIELL's work also benefits parents, providers, and other community stakeholders. The Early Childhood Colorado Information Clearinghouse website and open access lecture series (described below), as well as training programs we design for teachers and parents all incorporate the latest research on best practices.
Early Childhood Colorado (ECC)
MIELL hosts the Colorado-wide website for community members interested in the cause of early childhood or in need of early childhood and family services. ECC allows researchers, policymakers, and agency officials to upload their own materials to the site so that resources and services then become searchable by the community. We consult with early childhood leadership and community members around the state to ensure the information and complete and current.
Marsico Institute Early Learning Community Lecture Series
Ever since its inception, the Marsico Institute has been committed to taking high-quality research and best practices information beyond university walls. In our Early Learning Community Lecture Series, we bring in national and international experts on early learning topics, and offer an evening social event and lecture, free of charge.
Check back on this website or www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org for information on upcoming lectures.
2012 November 15
Supporting Parental Engagement in Children's Developing Literacy by Dr. Eric Dearing, Associate Professor from Boston College's Lynch School of Education
2011 November 11
Promoting Literacy from Birth to Five by Dr. Nell K. Duke, Professor of teacher education and educational psychology, an affiliate of the program in school psychology, and co-director of the Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC) at Michigan State University
2010 October 28
2010 April 29
The Science Behind Why Early Childhood Matters! by Dr. Jill Stamm, Founder of the New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and author of Bright from the Start
2009 March 30
Best Practices for Serving Very Young Latino Children and Their Families by Dr. Michael Lopez, Director and Founder of the National Center for Latino Child and Family Research
Early Childhood Consultation
Growing numbers of stakeholders are understanding the importance of getting a good start on learning, as well as the interdependence of early learning and other critical areas of functioning. Thus, new schools or charter schools, mental health organizations, and private foundations among others are increasingly incorporating early childhood programming, or incorporating child development principles into their existing programming The Marsico Institute serves as a consultant to these initiatives locally and nationally, helping to insure that they are developmentally appropriate, based on good science, and keenly focused on issues of access and equity. If you have a program you would like to discuss with us, please contact our Director or Assistant Director of Policy and Practice.