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.

Early educators are a significant contributor to children’s healthy development. Yet, many communities still lack access to 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. The initiative’s goal is to develop sustainable and varied approaches to support a well-qualified and diverse early childhood workforce throughout Colorado.

The Strategy.

Building on the research conducted in the first phase of the initiative, Milestones will support local partnerships to tackle the issues faced by the early childhood workforce in Colorado by implementing innovative ideas for systemic change in workforce recruitment, retention, and compensation.

Announcements

Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants RFP

The Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative announces a Request for Proposals 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. For this grant opportunity, the Initiative is collaborating with Rose Community Foundation, who will serve as the fiscal sponsor for grantmaking.

Those with innovative ideas for systemic change in workforce recruitment, retention, and compensation are invited to apply. For this grant opportunity, “early childhood workforce” is defined as those (teachers, directors, family child care providers) who work with children birth through five in licensed schools, centers, and homes. We are looking for committed partners with a strong vision, a serious commitment to drive change, and a flexible mindset to adapt to the challenges of implementing truly innovative work. This highly competitive grant has an emphasis on data-informed, sustainable, systems improvement efforts that address community challenges and may inform broader statewide change.

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 reasonable plan to expend funds during the grant term. Though a single entity will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant, additional partners are required. There may be an opportunity for renewed funding, if necessary and appropriate, based on progress and the availability of funding. Successful proposals will be funded for a one-year period, from May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Key Dates:

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

Please register to attend the informational webinar to learn more about this opportunity. For more information, please contact Christi Chadwick, Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Project Director.

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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.

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

    Christi Chadwick

    Project Director

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