The Jeffco Bright Futures Roadmap was developed in 2019 by a diverse group of community stakeholders. The Roadmap aims to ensure the healthy development of all Jeffco children. It builds on existing county assets and addresses needs across early learning, family support and education, and health and well-being.
Early Milestones facilitated a community engagement process, led a site visit to a national model community, conducted research on best practices and costs, and authored the Roadmap and executive summary.
In response to the systemic changes that took place throughout the pandemic, Early Milestones reengaged partners in Jeffco to determine the best next steps for the Roadmap in 2022. This work included reconvening the original Steering Committee with the addition of new voices; hearing from Jeffco families and employers to understand how the pandemic impacted their experiences within the four Roadmap cornerstones; updating stakeholders on the evolving state and federal early childhood landscape; and creating an action plan to guide stakeholders in moving the work forward in the short term.
The action plan was completed in June of 2022 and is being used by partners to inform local plans for the Universal Preschool Program and other early childhood initiatives.