COMING SOON: Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant RFP ›

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

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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

Coming Soon: Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants RFP

The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative announces a Request for Proposals to be released February 2, 2018 for local partnerships interested in advancing the early childhood workforce. The initiative is an innovative public-private partnership between Buell Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Early Milestones Colorado, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Funding Opportunity: Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants. Those with innovative ideas for systemic change in workforce recruitment, retention, compensation, and support are invited to apply. We are looking for committed partners interested in supporting and expanding an effective, qualified early childhood workforce. The emphasis is on data-informed, sustainable, systems-building efforts that address community challenges and inform broader change.

Lead Agency: Early Milestones Colorado is the lead agency in supporting communities in their efforts to advance the workforce and the primary point of contact for information about this funding opportunity.

Grant Awards: Partnerships may apply for up to $250,000 for one year of funding. We encourage proposals for grants of all sizes to meet individual project needs, with a plan to expend funds during the project period. There may be an opportunity for renewed funding, if necessary and appropriate, based on progress and the availability of funding.

Grant Period: Successful proposals will be funded for a one-year period, from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Key Dates:

  • February 2, 2018 – RFP Release Date
  • February 9, 2018 (1:00 pm) – Informational Webinar
  • March 23, 2018 (5:00 pm) – Proposal Due Date
  • May 1, 2018 – Awarded Projects Start Date

The RFP will be released via email as well as on this website. Read more about this upcoming opportunity, and if you have questions, please contact Christi Chadwick, Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Project Director.

More Information ›

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.

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

    Christi Chadwick

    Project Director

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