Updates from the new Department of Early Childhood

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: July 16, 2021

Exciting developments are taking place as the implementation of the new Department of Early Childhood continues. On July 7, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Governor’s Office, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services hosted a kick-off webinar. The session included information about ways to get involved in the transition process which will develop recommendations around the design of the new department and the implementation of universal preschool.  

The ECLC also recently announced the individuals who will make up the Transition Advisory Group (TAG). The Children’s Campaign is thrilled to announce our Early Childhood Policy Fellow, Melissa Mares, is one of the members of the TAG. Melissa brings a wealth of policy knowledge, lived experience inside and outside the classroom, and a commitment to ensuring that the experiences of parents and providers drive the recommendations for the new department and the rollout of universal preschool. The first meeting took place on July 14, with future meetings scheduled for August and September. More information can be found here. 

Special Education Service Delivery Subgroup has also been created to inform administration of special education services within the new preschool program, and ensure the alignment with other services from birth and beyond are addressed in the new department. We are also pleased to announce that the Children’s Campaign’s Vice President of Early Childhood and Policy Initiatives, Bill Jaeger, is one of the named members of the Special Education subgroup. Click here to learn more about this group, view a list of members and find information about their July 21 meeting.  

Three additional subgroups will begin convening the week of July 19-23. These meetings will be open for all to participate. Learn more here. 

To find additional details on upcoming engagement opportunities, view the full ECLC newsletter here. We encourage you to subscribe to the ECLC’s transition newsletter and to KidsFlash for regular updates! 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.