Is a collaborative effort of Early Childhood Faculty to address the new unified early childhood licensure in Kansas.
Promotes levels of involvement and participation of individual college/university early childhood preservice education programs for delivery of professional development courses across Kansas colleges/universities.
Is meeting the goals of Kansas State Department of Education – Early Childhood Supplement to the State Improvement Grant.
Is an effort to address the high demand of educators for young children.
Supports the delivery of preservice programs by individual colleges/universities.
Provides a forum for collaboratively developing courses to support statewide accessibility.
ECHO's Guiding Principles
Committed to the early education of all children from birth through 3rd grade and their families
Respond to the needs of all higher education students
Respect individual and institutional differences
Accept each other as partners
Seek input from all interested stakeholders
Maximize available resources
A Brief History of the ECHO Consortium
December 2001 - State Improvement Grant hosted meeting of Faculty from Institutions of Higher Education
Spring/Summer 2002 - Institutions of Higher Education Early Childhood Task Force developed to focus on teacher licensure redesign