Early Childhood Education Advocacy & Policy
We are advocates for high quality early childhood education, working to raise awareness and promote the importance across the state. As a leading voice, we are visible at the Colorado State Capitol working to maintain existing relationships and foster new legislative champions.
2018 Policy Agenda
Advocacy is important to us! We want to share where we stand on issues that impact families, young children, and the professionals in our field. The first years of a child’s life set the foundation for her future success and we work diligently to ensure that there are effective policies in place. We advocate at the Capitol and build awareness of the importance of early childhood education year round. Here is our new 2018 Policy Agenda.
Advocacy is Important to Us
We have a small window of opportunity to positively influence our youngest children’s growth, development, and learning. Public awareness of the importance of quality early childhood education is a central component of realizing change. We work tirelessly to increase public awareness including working with our Colorado State Representatives and Senators.
Your voice is important in our effort to elevate quality for early childhood education professionals, families, and children. We want to hear from you! If you are interested in learning more about us and our policy work, sign up today for our ECE newsletter.
The Early Care and Education Map by Shift Research Lab, a Program of The Piton Foundation
The ECE Map leverages neighborhood data from Denver’s seven-county metro region to show where quality, licensed early care and education resources are located relative to where young children live.
This tool helps providers, funders, policymakers, and advocates better understand the existing landscape of early care and education services, and it can inform decision-making related to public and private sector investment, provider expansion, spending of quality improvement dollars, and identifying where additional subsidies are needed.
We advocate for the use of data in our ECE policy work and this tool has proven very useful. The map is customizable and generates a range of data including where the highest quality early childhood education programs are and where they are relative to where our most vulnerable children live. We are excited about this new tool and encourage you to explore it and learn more.
Colorado’s General Assembly
This year’s 71st Colorado General Assembly was comprised of 100 members including 35 Senators and 65 Representatives. Senators serve four-year terms, while Representatives serve two-year terms. All members are limited to serving for eight consecutive years in their chamber – four terms for Representatives and two terms for Senators. Session begins each year in January and concludes 120 days later in May.
Visit the Colorado General Assembly webpage to find your legislator, learn about the process of creating and passing a bill, or schedule a tour of the State Capitol building that is rich with Colorado history.
The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation
This acclaimed five-part documentary series by PBS is changing the conversation around early childhood. Along with the series there are companion tools that illustrate how a strong start for all our children can lead to better individual outcomes and a healthier, safer, more prosperous and equitable America.
The series’ Signature Hour asks how we might make a strong start the birthright of every infant in the U.S. The four additional episodes dive in for a closer look. Will the U.S. invest in its youngest children and their families, or will it squander its own future?
Episode 1: The Signature Hour
Episode 2: Once Upon a Time
Episode 3: Are We Crazy About Our Kids
Episode 4: Wounded Places
Episode 5: DNA is Not Destiny
2017 Legislative Win for ECE Professionals
This year, we were active in early childhood education policy conversations that influenced legislative decisions and even championed a bill in partnership with the University of Colorado at Denver. We partnered to help bring change to current rules that impact early childhood education teacher licensing.
This was a busy year of legislative activity for issues impacting the early childhood education field. Like all legislative sessions, we were there to support, inform, and influence as much as possible. This year we championed a bill along with the University of Colorado to open up and improve an existing rule.
House Bill 17-1332, Teachers Nonpublic Child Care and Preschool Facility, allows the State Board of Education to give the authorization for an alternative teacher license for a person who participates in an alternative teacher program provided by a designated agency working with a nonpublic early childhood facility. We helped garner bi-partisan support and secured the following sponsors: Representative Bridges (D-Arapahoe), Representative Wilson (R-Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Park), Senator Smallwood (R-Douglas), and Senator Fenberg (D-Boulder). This bill allows early childhood teachers seeking an alternative teaching license to work at either a public school setting or a community based program. Governor has signed House Bill 17-1332 into Law.