Share your perspective on how to strengthen Colorado’s early childhood care and education system

Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 26, 2019

As part of the Colorado Shines Brighter Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five, the Office of Early Childhood and the Colorado Health Institute are hosting a series of focus groups across the state with parents and caregivers and with early childhood educators, service providers, and other stakeholders, now through August 8th. The Preschool Development Grant’s goal is to ensure that all Colorado children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. Your perspective is important to ensuring that Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant represents the diverse communities and experiences in our state.

At the focus groups, you’ll have a chance to discuss what’s working in your community’s early childhood system and what the greatest needs are. Focus group participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card, and food and child care will be provided. Some discussions will also be available in Spanish. See the parent and caregiver or provider and stakeholder flyers for dates, times and locations to find the focus group that works best for you! RSVP for the focus group you plan to attend at http://colo.health/earlychildhood.  The Office of Early Childhood is especially interested in hearing from special populations of parents, families, and providers, including those experiencing homelessness, migrant, refugee, and monolingual groups where English is a second language.

Additional opportunities to provide input and strengthen the early childhood care and education system in Colorado are coming in August and September 2019. Stay tuned by subscribing to the Colorado Shines Brighter newsletter. 

Jacy Montoya Price

About Jacy Montoya Price

Jacy serves as the Community Groups Coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she plans and implements our annual Speak Up for Kids day at the capitol and manages our social media sites. Jacy previously served as the executive director and co-founder of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies through leadership development, organizing, and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. Trained as an urban planner, Jacy has also worked in local government, creating policies and programs to foster more sustainable communities that are accessible for all residents. A Colorado native, Jacy lives in northwest Denver with her husband, two children and their two cats.