OUR MISSION

MISSION: To be the trusted and proactive champion for high-quality, outcome-focused programs and services for pregnant women, children birth to age 8 and their families, in Colorado across all sectors.


OUR VISION

Colorado has comprehensive, aligned, effective, and fully-funded service delivery systems that support families to ensure all Colorado 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
  • Serves as 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
  • Serves as 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 

2016 ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • Worked with more than 100 partners including businesses, nonprofits, advocacy organizations, early childhood councils, government agencies and philanthropic partners to align and strengthen Colorado’s early childhood systems on behalf of pregnant women, children birth to eight and their families

  • Secured resources and began development of an Early Childhood Colorado Framework online tool that will be used by early childhood professionals to share and align their work, providing Colorado with a tool to better understand how the state is making progress toward the outcomes in the Framework

  • Led a communications mapping project, gathering information from nearly 400 early childhood providers on the scope and reach of their messages aimed at parents and caregivers

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

  • Led a public/private partnership of stakeholders to understand how to better reach those caring for children in informal settings and published recommendations determined to strengthen parent and caregiver awareness and engagement efforts across the state

  • Served as a champion for continued implementation of kindergarten readiness assessments as outlined in CAP4K

  • Advised the Early Childhood School Readiness Legislative Commission on best and promising practices related to early childhood policy as outlined in HB 13-1007

  • Served as the federally recognized 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

  • Supported the Young Child Wellness Council to guide the implementation of Colorado Project LAUNCH (COPL), a federally-funded children’s mental health initiative; eight Colorado-based foundations raised funds to replicate and expand Project LAUNCH’s core promotion and prevention strategies in four additional Colorado communities

  • Reviewed and made recommendations to the Office of Early Childhood, CDHS on the Child Care Development Block Grant State Plan


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