Transforming Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce

Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey

Early Childhood Professionals: We need your help!

We would like to invite you to an opportunity to earn two professional development hours honored by Child Care Licensing and Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS) by participating in Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce Survey! If you take the survey, you will also be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $200 cash prizes and a free registration to the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference. Please complete the survey by December 23rd

The survey is designed for everyone in the early childhood field, and questions are tailored to your job role. Your response will help Colorado state leaders and policymakers understand the challenges early childhood professionals face in their jobs and strategies that may help improve the field.  Results will be used to update Colorado’s Early Learning Professional Development System Plan and to help state leaders and policymakers develop programs to increase workforce compensation, recruitment, and retention.

To take the survey, register here You will not need to give your name since all responses will be anonymous and confidential.

If you are unable to complete the survey in one sitting and need to return to your survey in progress , click here.

Questions? Review our Workforce Survey FAQ or email Jennifer Stedron at

The Need.

Adults who provide early childhood care and education services have an extraordinary opportunity to impact children’s growth and achievement. The professional development of the early learning workforce is critical to ensuring children’s future academic success and social-emotional well-being.

The Focus.

Having achieved most of the goals set forth in the current early childhood professional development plan which was created in 2010, Colorado has an opportunity to develop the state’s next multi-year plan, building on current successes and best practices.

The Strategy.

Increasing the recruitment and retention of effective and diverse early learning professionals through improving work conditions, compensation and benefits, and providing support for emerging leaders is a goal that will require additional attention in the next multi-year plan. Early Milestones Colorado is supporting a designing process, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services, to develop this plan with early childhood stakeholders.

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