This year we have seen an encouraging amount of focus on the Early Childhood field. We have a very ambitious governor who has made it clear early childhood care and education is a priority that he will make an impact on. Full day Kindergarten was a starting point for this agenda but have no doubt it does not end with the failure of HB 19-1333. It is ECEA’s goal that quality of care and parent choice play a foundational role in the vision of the Governor’s plans and policies. The significance of the private sector in Early Childhood Education can sometimes seem over looked and ECEA is the only professional Association specifically focused on the policies, practices, problems and future that face the private sector.Now that the Colorado Legislative Session has come to an end ECEA is gearing up for the work ahead. The key question that seems to be on everyone’s mind is what does the future of Early Childhood Education in Colorado hold? Here at the Early Childhood Education Association we have made a conscious decision to be the creator’s of our own destiny and we call upon all private providers in Colorado to join us. We are actively working to ensure mixed delivery framework for the expansion of the Colorado Preschool Program and policies to protect the private sector/ small business center/home based care in the policies being created by the current administration in Colorado. We will also be guiding policy in the implementation of the Full Day Kindergarten that was passed, the Infant Toddler Action Plan group, as well as the handling of the federal Preschool Development Grant. As these and other work groups and projects are developed we look to our members to help guide us as to how we move forward as a field.
Join us this summer to shape the future of Early Childhood Education in Colorado. For questions as to how to get involved please contact our Executive Director, Kristi Koltiska at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (303) 860-7174.
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