Together, Colorado’s 34 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.
The Policy Priorities of ECCLA and Councils
- Support policy and funding strategies that actualize and enhance the legislative intent of HB07-1062 (the legislation that created Councils) to promote Early Childhood Councils as key facilitators of local system building and implementation.
- Support building capacity and access to quality comprehensive services that are guided by documented best practices and support young children, families, and school readiness.
- Support local flexibility in decision making, including the use of a mixed delivery system, to best respond to local child and family needs.
- Promote efforts to identify and address regulatory barriers to quality Pre-K, child care, and comprehensive services for young children and families.
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.