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Clayton Early Learning prepares young children for school through family-centered classrooms and home-based practices, research/program evaluation, and professional development. Clayton partners closely with The Colorado Children’s Campaign, which provides research, organizes an extensive statewide network of child advocates, and serves as the leading voice for kids at the state capitol.

State Allies:

Clayton Early Learning • Denver, CO
Colorado Children's Campaign • Denver, CO
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Top Priorities for 2021

Lead early childhood stakeholders to design an expanded pre-k program, reimagine the future of child care, and support an ongoing comprehensive COVID-19 response.

Collaborate with partners to promote policies that support kids’ healthy development, family economic security, and equitable outcomes for Colorado’s earliest learners and their families.

Engage advocates and partners in advocacy and leadership development opportunities to elevate the profile of early childhood issues.

Colorado’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$13.31B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (D), Senate (D)
Governor (D)

30% LOW-INCOME
180,453 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

Advocates entered the 2020 legislative session with several significant bipartisan policy initiatives and budget proposals to advance early childhood. Despite progress on the early childhood workforce, expanded home visiting, and family support, the pandemic required a quick pivot. COVID-19 flipped Colorado’s promising budget forecast to a $3.3 billion deficit.

Advocates still made incredible progress. One of Colorado’s greatest achievements may be additional funds for public schools and housing and expanded pre-k slots, resulting from a ballot measure that will phase in higher rates of taxation on tobacco products and a new tax on liquid nicotine.Advocates still made incredible progress. One of Colorado’s greatest achievements may be additional funds for public schools and housing and expanded pre-k slots, resulting from a ballot measure that will phase in higher rates of taxation on tobacco products and a new tax on liquid nicotine.

*Early childhood policy progress in a state is the result of numerous efforts — by those listed on this page and many others — who worked both independently and collaboratively to achieve wins for young children.

More from Colorado:

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the icon to download the report.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020

Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”

State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”

Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 

 

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Colorado early childhood state policy.

Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments

Consulting and Strategy

Technical Support from National Expertise

Rapid Response Support

Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

Roles in National Communities of Practice