Early Childhood Partners has new executive director
EAGLE COUNTY — Julia Kozusko, known for bringing parenting to new heights through educational classes, coaching and parent trainings, is the new executive director of Early Childhood Partners. Kozusko has been part of the group for eight years.
“I am really excited about this new role, taking on new challenges and continuing to share the importance of early childhood,” Kozusko said. “Early Childhood Partners works with teachers, child care providers and, of course, parents in helping create the best environment possible for kids to learn, play and ultimately succeed.”
Early Childhood Partners has a long history in Eagle County, first working with Eagle County Health and Human Services starting in 2001, providing mental health and childhood development experts in coaching and consulting to child care providers. In 2006, the group became a nonprofit with a focus on coaching and consulting, professional development, developmental screenings and support with parent education.
During the past nine years, the organization has focused on children ages newborn to 6. It’s during this magical time in childhood when brain development explodes, when behaviors are learned and when children are first introduced to school.
“Through our Incredible Years program, we’ve reached out to more than 300 families, helping them feel confident in their parenting” Kozusko said.
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Early Childhood Partners also works in educational settings to help improve social-emotional skills in teachers, children and their families. Two years ago, the group launched the Family Leadership Training Institute, which focuses on community and civic leadership. The results have been impressive, with graduates taking on projects from healthier eating options to starting a community garden.
“I have loved working with families, kids, teachers and child care centers,” group founder Jeanne McQueeney said. “But as county commissioner, I could not continue in both roles. Julia was an obvious choice to take the helm.”
Kozusko has two decades of experience working with children and families. As a licensed professional counselor she saw individuals, children of all ages and families. Currently, she facilitates the Incredible Years parenting program through Early Childhood Partners, as well as consulting on social-emotional issues.
“I am diving right in,” Julia said. “I’ve been a part of (the group) for years and I am excited about this facet of the job.”
For more information, go to http://www.ecpartners.org.