To ensure and advance a comprehensive service delivery system for pregnant women and children from birth to eight years of age using data to improve decision-making, alignment, and coordination among federally funded and state-funded services and programs for pregnant women and young children and their families. 26-6.2-103 (1), C.R.S.


We envision a Colorado that has a comprehensive, seamless and effective service delivery system that supports families to ensure all Colorado’s children are valued, healthy and thriving. 

Early Childhood Leadership Commission roles:

Statewide leader

  • Promotes a shared vision for early childhood in Colorado
  • Sets the strategic direction for early childhood services and governance
  • Is a trusted advisory body to all stakeholders and sectors
  • Embodies a fully aligned system of supports

Subject matter expert

  • Represents the full spectrum of early childhood stakeholders and supporters
  • Develops innovative tools, approaches and resources
  • Provides systems-level thinking and oversight
  • Holds constituents accountable and tracks progress against defined outcome metrics

Communicator and connector

  • Partners with key statewide entities in all sectors – public, nonprofit and private
  • Is a credible, vocal advocate in support of early childhood in Colorado
  • Coordinates the state’s interagency work and connects with community efforts
  • Builds public will, awareness and community support for early childhood 

What We Achieved in 2015

  • Secured resources and led the stakeholder process to update the Early Childhood Colorado Framework
  • Developed earlychildhoodframework.org to house additional Early Childhood Colorado Framework resources including a Spanish version of the Framework and community communication toolkit

  • Advised the Office of Early Childhood, CDHS on future opportunities for quality investments, and implementation and evaluation of Colorado Shines

  • Made recommendations to the Colorado State Board of Human Services on the initial rule package required to release funding to local communities and implement Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) reform

  • Established a public private partnership and began to convene committees focused on developing strategies to highlight parent and caregiver awareness and engagement efforts

  • Strengthened the ECLC infrastructure by restructuring committees and leveraging private resources for ongoing expenses
  • Served as a champion for implementation of kindergarten readiness assessments as outlined in CAP4K, which included ongoing testimony to the Colorado State Board of Education

  • Advised the Early Childhood School Readiness Legislative Commission on best and promising practices related to early childhood policy

  • Served as the state advisory council by advising on federal grant applications related to pregnant women and children birth through age eight and submitting letters of support required to apply for those grants

  • Established recommendations for Prenatal to Age Three (PN3) program and policy priorities and seated a Young Child Wellness Council to guide implementation of Project LAUNCH