Colorado

Our Colorado allies have been effective advocates for early learning and, in 2019, helped secure full funding for full-day kindergarten and 5,200 new preschool slots—the largest expansion of state-funded pre-k in the history of Colorado.

State Allies:

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Clayton Early Learning • Denver, CO
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Colorado Children's Campaign • Denver, CO
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Top Priorities for 2020

Ensure access, affordability, and quality improvements for early learning programs while maintaining a strong mixed-delivery system

Develop sustainable and varied approaches to support a well-qualified and diverse workforce throughout Colorado is paramount

Ensure that Colorado’s educators have the tools and resources needed to provide quality environments

In 2019, our allies in Colorado helped bring about significant advancements in early learning, health, and family supports for the state’s children. 

  • Passed an income tax credit for certain early childhood educators. 
  • Increased investment of $10.5 million for the Child Care Assistance Program.
  • Passed legislation to reduce the use of early childhood suspensions & expulsions.
  • Secured $6 million to support an accurate Census count.
  • Funded a Maternal Mortality Review Committee to address maternal deaths. 
  • Approved special taxing districts for early childhood, allowing local jurisdictions to tax themselves so revenues go to early childhood services.

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
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

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