An Innovative public-private partnership to advance the early childhood workforce in Colorado

NEW! Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan

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Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan  provides an ambitious roadmap to ensure a comprehensive professional development system that promotes a high-quality, effective, and diverse early childhood workforce for Colorado.

The Need.

Teachers are a significant contributor to children’s healthy development.  Yet, many communities still lack an effective, consistent workforce in whom families can place their trust and with whom young children can thrive.

The Focus.

It is time for Colorado to prioritize ways to attract and retain talented professionals in early childhood. Our goal is to develop sustainable and varied approaches to support a well-qualified and diverse early childhood workforce throughout the State.

The Strategy.

We are researching the workforce and developing the State’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan. Under the guidance of the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory and Early Childhood Learning Commission, the plan will focus on better ways to recruit, retain, compensate, and develop professionals to ensure a strong early childhood workforce for Colorado’s young children and families.  We will test sustainable approaches to strengthen the workforce in communities across the state and ensure the spread of best practices by sharing our learnings.

Announcements

Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan has been endorsed by Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission.

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.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • + What is Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado?

    Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado is a public-private partnership initiative to develop sustainable and varied approaches to recruit, retain, compensate, and support a well-qualified workforce for the state’s young children. This will be done through research, planning, and implementing innovative solutions that will lead to the spread of best practices throughout the state.

    The work:

    Research: Collect information on the experience of the workforce; key programs, practices, and policies that affect them; and the impact of the workforce and industry on the local and state economy.

    Plan: Use research, stakeholder input, and local and state expertise to create the State’s next generation EC Workforce and Professional Development Plan. Plan development is guided by the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory, a working group of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, and informed through CO’s participation in the Incubation to Innovation (i2I) project with the National Academy of Medicine.

    Explore: Test innovative solutions to advance the unique needs of the EC workforce throughout Colorado, focused on recruitment, retention, and compensation.

    Communicate: Share strategies and learning to inform sustainable policy and program change and to spread effective approaches.

  • + Why is the project important for Colorado?

    The early childhood workforce is vital for Colorado’s…..

    Children: Teachers are a significant contributor to children’s healthy development. Yet, many communities still lack an effective, consistent early childhood workforce in whom families can place their trust and with whom young children can thrive.

    Families: In contrast to the critical nature of the work, wages in this sector are very low. Therefore, it is difficult to recruit and retain a high-quality and consistent workforce. Many areas of the state have teacher shortages, and parents struggle to find any care, let alone quality, consistent care that will support their children to thrive.

    Local Economies:   The early childhood workforce boosts local and state economies; the industry enables parents to work and financially provide for their families, while also employing a  workforce of teachers, administrators, and family child care professionals.

  • + Who oversees and funds the project?

    Steering partners include Early Milestones Colorado, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services. Philanthropic partners include Gary Community Investments and Buell Foundation.

  • + What is Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan?

    Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 plan provides an ambitious roadmap to ensure a comprehensive professional development system that promotes a high-quality, effective, and diverse early childhood workforce for Colorado.

    The plan has six aspiring and visionary goals, with key objectives and activities to support and advance the workforce.

    • Workforce Development: Cultivate the competencies of a highly-qualified, diverse workforce.
    • Recruitment and Retention: Recruit and retain effective, qualified, and diverse early childhood educators.
    • Compensation: Ensure worthy and livable compensation for early childhood educators.
    • Leadership: Leverage comprehensive, collaborative, and responsive leadership to achieve the vision of the EC Workforce 2020 Plan.
    • Finance: Finance the professional development system through efficient coordination of funding, innovative financing models, and an informed and engaged public.
    • Data and Continuous Quality Improvement: Continuously improve the effectiveness of the professional development system through the use of data.

     

  • + Why was Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan developed?

    Having achieved most of the goals set forth in Colorado’s 2010 Plan, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) charged the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory Working Group (ECPD Advisory) to update the plan to advance and support the early childhood workforce of Colorado.

  • + Who developed Colorado's Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan?

    The Colorado Cohort, seated by the ECPD Advisory Working Group, was charged with organizing and implementing taskforces to update the 2010 plan. From September 2016 through June 2017, the Colorado Cohort and its four taskforces – comprised of over 50 cross-sector representatives from across the state – worked collaboratively to develop an innovative plan designed to improve the effectiveness of the early childhood workforce and the systems that support them. The development of the EC Workforce 2020 Plan was guided by the ECPD Advisory and the ECLC and informed through Colorado’s participation in the Incubation to Innovation (i2I) project with the National Academy of Medicine.

  • + What is the Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey?

    The Colorado Early Childhood Workforce Survey, conducted in late 2016, was an online survey that asked those working with young children to tell state leaders about their experience working in early childhood settings in Colorado.

    Results from the survey will be available in mid-summer, 2017. Results from the survey will be used to help design innovative solutions to address recruitment, retention, and compensation issues of the early childhood workforce.

    For more information, contact Christi Chadwick

  • + Who should I contact to learn more about the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce Project?

    Christi Chadwick

    Project Director

    cchadwick@earlymilestones.org

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