Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission adopts early childhood workforce plan
DENVER — Thursday, June 22, 2017 — The co-chairs of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) today announced that the Commission has endorsed Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan. Lt. Gov. Lynne. Anna Jo Haynes, CEO/President Emeritus, Mile High Early Learning, and Barbara Grogan, retired founder and CEO of Western Industrial Contractors are the ECLC co-chairs. The plan provides an ambitious roadmap to ensuring a comprehensive professional development system that promotes a high-quality, effective, and diverse early childhood workforce for Colorado.
The updated plan, created by early childhood providers and stakeholders throughout Colorado with guidance from the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory of the ECLC, builds on the successes of the state’s 2010 plan and has a strong emphasis on recruiting, retaining, compensating, and supporting the early childhood workforce.
“It is critical that Colorado supports a strong, high-quality, professional early childhood workforce,” said Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne. “We know that teachers are the single most important factor in creating high-quality learning environments, allowing young children to reach their full potential and parents to pursue higher education, find work, and provide for their families.”
Recommendations in the plan focus on six aspiring and visionary goals to support a strong early childhood workforce - both for the state's growing economy and for the growing and increasingly diverse population of young children. These goals include ensuring equitable access to high-quality professional development; better coordination of current funding streams and finding opportunities for new public and private investments; and increasing compensation, including benefits, for early childhood educators.
The plan was developed as part of Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado, a public-private partnership between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Early Milestones Colorado, with financial support from Gary Community Investments and Buell Foundation.
The ECLC is composed of early childhood champions, advocates, and leaders and serves as a statewide leader, subject matter expert, and advocate for best and promising practices throughout the state.
More information can be found at www.earlychildhoodcolorado.org.