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Policy Priorities

Together, Colorado’s 35 Early Childhood Councils form a statewide network with deep knowledge of local perspectives. Leaders can rely on the expertise of Councils to ensure policies focus on helping young children enter school ready to learn and achieve their full potential. Annually, ECCLA and Councils develop policy priorities to ensure there is a collective voice on behalf of all Colorado’s young children and their families.

ECCLA’s Policy Priorities for 2022

  • Advocating for a unified Department of Early Childhood that promotes equitable access to high quality coordinated and comprehensive services for young children and families.

  • Advocating for and promoting local infrastructure that must be supported and sustainably resourced to deliver on the strategies outlined in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework and to be prepared to deliver on the promise of Universal Preschool and the new Department of Early Childhood.

  • Highlighting that Early Childhood Councils and local Child Care Resource and Referral services have a critical and unique role to play in coordinating and ensuring local infrastructure exists that can support the goals of the new department and Universal Preschool.

  • Promoting and advocating for a variety of workforce strategies that support recruitment, retention, quality, and competency, including the Early Childhood Educator Tax Credit, universal access to scholarship programs with a focus on T.E.A.C.H. and other opportunities for Higher Education, and assessing, understanding, and applying standards that result in a qualified workforce.

  • Supporting policies that ensure all Colorado children have access to universal preventive and developmental screening, referral, and follow-up.

  • Support policies that strengthen and increase local access to increased family strengthening services including home visiting, Family Resource Centers, WIC, SNAP, CCCAP, CACFP, child maltreatment prevention, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and other evidence-based services local communities and state partners identify.

  • Work in coordination with the Early Childhood Summit, Raise Colorado, the Home Visiting Task Force, and other entities to support policy and advocacy alignment.

ECCLA encourages policymakers and community members to join conversations with their local Council. Many Councils host legislative forums or policy discussions, and all Councils are a resource regarding local challenges and solutions for early childhood issues.

Find your local Council and connect to engage in policy solutions together.

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