Building a Strong Early Childhood System

Pieces of Colorado’s early childhood system are scattered in several state departments. This limits communication between programs and complicates families’ interactions with services and supports. We can better meet the needs of families by building a strong early childhood system in Colorado that aligns programs, allows for the blending of multiple financing streams, promotes the sharing and tracking of data, and establishes common performance outcomes.

a lady pushing a group of kids on a bike
03/21/2017 Denver, CO- Classrooms at Clayton Early Learning in Denver on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon)

Recent Policy Successes

House Bill 16-1242 doubled the number of early childhood mental health specialists and bolstered the infrastructure for access.

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House Bill 13-1117 established Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood, reauthorized the Early Childhood School Readiness Commission, and continued the work of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission. These bodies are charged with helping build an effective, aligned, and high-quality early childhood system throughout the state of Colorado.

House Bill 07-1062 established a statewide system of local Early Childhood Councils responsible for improving and sustaining the availability, accessibility, capacity, and quality of early childhood services for children and families in local communities.