Updating and expanding upon the Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan

In 2017, Colorado developed the Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan, setting ambitious goals related to early learning or early care and education workforce recruitment, preparation, well-being, retention, and data. The Colorado Department of Early Childhood and the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, in partnership with Early Milestones, have updated and expanded upon the plan, creating a new Colorado Comprehensive Early Childhood Workforce Plan. The new plan takes a broad view of the early childhood workforce including home visiting, early childhood mental health, and early intervention.

A New Workforce Plan

In February 2024, the ECLC officially endorsed the new workforce plan, titled “Pathways to Success: Colorado’s Comprehensive Early Childhood Workforce Plan.” This plan celebrates the significant progress Colorado has achieved over the past four decades by investigating in the early childhood workforce and enhancing outcomes for children and families.

Aligned with the refreshed Early Childhood Colorado Framework of 2023, the plan acknowledges the vital role of all professionals dedicated to serving young children and families.

The plan has been designed to address immediate priorities while also offering a forward-thinking perspective for future iterations and updates. It acknowledges the dynamic nature of the workforce landscape and emphasizes the necessity for a flexible approach, ensuring that the plan remains responsive to the evolving needs of Colorado’s early childhood workforce.

Early Milestones looks forward to continuing support for the plan’s implementation.


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