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Early Childhood Colorado Framework

The Early Childhood Colorado Framework was developed in 2008 as a resource and guide for developing a comprehensive early childhood system. With new research and state initiatives, the Framework was updated in 2015 to promote a shared vision for state partners and local communities to improve the coordination of early childhood services and supports to ensure all children are valued, healthy, and thriving.

Early Childhood Councils and ECCLA align efforts with the Framework to build effective local early childhood systems. The Framework provides a road map for local communities to identify their strengths, barriers, and gaps; facilitate decisions on priorities; build relationships with local stakeholders and partners; and evaluate program and service results.

Ultimately, Councils use the Framework to increase quality, access, and equity to improve outcomes for family support and parent education; health and well-being; and learning and development for all Colorado’s young children and their families.

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