ACTION ALERT: Tell your senator it’s time for a streamlined early childhood system in Colorado
This morning, HB22-1295: The Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Program, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee with a bipartisan 5-2 vote. There are just a few Senate votes left before this bill is off to Gov. Polis’ desk. It is vital that you let your senator know how important this piece of legislation is for you, your family, your child care providers, and your community.
Early childhood is a critical period that dramatically shapes a child’s education and life experiences. The current early childhood system in Colorado is difficult for families to navigate and does not give sufficient support to our essential early childhood workforce. HB22-1295 gives Colorado the chance to implement a high-quality Department of Early Childhood based on the unanimously approved recommendations of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) — adopted after a rigorous stakeholder process with parents, providers, and early childhood advocates across the state. By establishing more streamlined early care and education services, we can reduce the burdens families, providers, and the early childhood workforce face, and provide our kids with the critical early start they need to thrive. Visit BetterBeginningsCO.com to learn more.