Early Childhood Learning Commission

Department of Early Childhood Transition Planning Newsletter

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This Month's Newsletter At-A-Glance



A Message from the ECLC

Thank you to all of those who have been actively participating in the process to create a new, unified department to oversee the state’s early childhood education systems, including a voluntary universal preschool program. We value your engagement in this process; it’s integral to shaping the future of the system to benefit our youngest learners, their families, and their education and care providers.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last evening for our first monthly Town Hall; if you weren't able to join, you can review the recording here, and we hope to see you next month. 

As the process kicks into high gear, our Transition Advisory Group (TAG) and Subgroups will be tasked with answering questions about the future. Among them:

  • What does a successful new unified department of early childhood mean for Colorado? 
  • What programs and services must move over to the new department?
  • How can we create a system that serves every child in Colorado? 
  • How can universal, voluntary preschool be implemented in an equitable and fair way?

This month’s newsletter explores how you can help answer those key questions. It details how we hope to continue to lift the voices of those closest to children and provides timely updates about recent activities and what’s to come.  

We look forward to working alongside you to chart the best path forward for all of Colorado's kids and families.


Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Transition Advisory Group
The next Transition Advisory Group (TAG) meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 25, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. The link and agenda will be posted to the TAG webpage in advance.

Subgroups will meet the weeks of August 9 and August 16. All meetings are open to everyone! Click the links below to register and review the meeting materials: 

Listening Sessions
The ECLC is holding multiple sessions focused on the experiences of families, workforce, and program providers to hear directly from them about their perspectives and experiences with various aspects of the early childhood system. 

  • Family Listening Sessions will be occurring on Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 12p.m.-1p.m. and 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Register here.
  • Workforce Listening Sessions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 12p.m.-1p.m. and 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. More info coming soon!

Other Ways to Engage

  • Statewide Listening Tour: The ECLC will hold a statewide listening tour this fall to meet with communities, share progress on the plan, and collect feedback.
  • Feedback Form: We want to hear from you! A brief feedback form is now available. All input will be public and shared with decision makers.

In Case You Missed It

In the News
What should Colorado’s new Department of Early Childhood look like? Leaders want parent, teacher say (Colorado Sun)

Recent Activity

  • Kick-off Webinar: On July 6, a kick-off webinar was hosted by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Governor’s Office, Colorado Department of Education, and Colorado Department of Human Services. Watch the recording.
  • Transition Advisory Group (TAG): TAG held its second meeting on August 4 and discussed program movement and the structure of the new department of early childhood. View a recording of the meeting.
  • August Monthly Town Hall:  The ECLC Co-Chairs led a town hall to share progress on the plan and talk about upcoming engagement opportunities. The recording and the powerpoint presentation

Stay Informed

We are committed to ensuring broad stakeholder engagement throughout the process.  We will continue to send updates and share information as dates and opportunities are confirmed.  

Share Your Feedback Frequently Asked Questions

Please reach out to Kristina Heyl at [email protected] with any questions.  Thank you all for your commitment to this exciting work! 

For additional information about the transition process, visit www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org/transition

If you are receiving this email directly, you will receive monthly newsletter updates as well as invites to participate in these opportunities as they are scheduled. If you would like to receive specific information on each of the subgroups, please update your subscription profile to receive more frequent information, including meeting dates, agendas and minutes. Please encourage others to subscribe and help promote these opportunities to build an early childhood system that ensures all children are valued, healthy and thriving.  
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