While teaching in separate classrooms at Fisher Early Learning Center in 2005, Ben Wilkins, Max Panten, and Soren Gall realized during their years of education experiences that few male early childhood professionals existed in the field. Several years after working together, the three of them, knew it would be beneficial to create a dynamic and active organization that would hold regular-scheduled activities. Thus, Men in Early Childhood-Colorado was created. Currently, Ben works at Palmer Elementary in an Early Childhood Classroom, Soren works at Clayton Early Learning, and Max works at Cory Elementary. The group Men in Early Childhood-Colorado, MEC-Colorado, would provide much needed support, community, and professional growth for male teachers, educators, administration, and other roles in ECE. Thus, with that, MEC-Colorado was created!
Donations to MEC-Colorado
Currently, Colorado Head Start Association(CHSA) serves as the fiscal agent for MEC. All monetary donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 7371
Loveland, CO 80537
Please write check directly to Colorado Head Start Association , with a note on bottom of check , Men in Early Childhood-Colorado or MEC.
What is Men in Early Childhood-Colorado Important for the Early Childhood Community?
Currently, roughly 3 % of the ECE workforce is male. There is no organizations in Colorado that focus on providing support for Men in Early Childhood. Our goal as an organization is to work on solutions for the ECE community so we can retain males in the early childhood. Men in Early Childhood are important to the field for providing gross motor/big body play, teaching gender equality to children at a young age, and providing balance discpline approaches to children in the classroom. By supporting men in Early Childhood, children will have a better quality experience in the classroom , though better teacher morale, better connections with their teachers, and a wider variety of role models