Director change announced for Early Childhood Network |

Director change announced for Early Childhood Network

Glenwood Springs-based nonprofit Early Childhood Network has named longtime Program Director Joni Goodwin as the new executive director to replace Jonathan Godes, who will be stepping down next month.

Goodwin has already been serving in the capacity as co-executive director since late June to help ease the transition.

“After seven years with the Early Childhood Network, I’m moving on to pursue a career in real estate investing and continue my service on Glenwood Springs City Council,” said Godes, who was elected to the city’s Ward 5 council seat in April.

“I am excited to continue to engage with ECN as a volunteer and supporter,” he said in a news release announcing the change. “Joni has dedicated her life to early childhood issues and is a leading advocate for young children.”

Goodwin previously was a licensed home and center director and childcare provider coach. She has been ECN’s program director since 2003.

In addition, Joni has been an adjunct faculty member at Colorado Mountain College since 1998. She has her master’s degree in early childhood education and completed the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program.

“Having lived and worked in the Valley since the ’80s as an early childhood advocate and professional, this is an exciting new challenge to continue my life’s work” Goodwin said.

ECN works to increase the quality, capacity and accessibility to childcare programs for families of young children. The nonprofit educates and coaches childcare teachers in order to make programs a high quality learning environment.

The Early Childhood Network is supported by donations, grants and fundraising activities. For more information, visit

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