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.
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 workforce throughout the State.
We are researching the workforce and developing the State’s next generation Early Childhood Workforce and Professional Development Plan. Under the guidance of the Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory and Early Childhood Learning Commission, the plan will focus on better ways to attract and keep talented professionals in the field and to ensure they are appropriately compensated. 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.