Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - CO Wins $1.3M for Early Childhood Services

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 16, 2010

 

Contact:
Myung Oak Kim, 303.947.5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us

 

COLORADO WINS $1.3 MILLION RECOVERY ACT GRANT TO IMPROVE EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES

 

Colorado has received a 3-year, $1.3 million dollar grant from the U.S. department of Health and Human Services to improve early childhood supports and services and ensure that all young Coloradoans are ready for school. These federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support the work of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, a public-private partnership that was created by Gov. Bill Ritter in February 2010 and codified into state law via House Bill 10-195.

 

With dozens of funding sources targeting children birth-to-age-8 spread across numerous state agencies, services are fragmented around the state. The Commission will help align services for health, mental health, early learning and family support for young children.

 

“From the beginning, this administration has been committed to improving the lives of young children, which is an important investment in the future of Colorado,” said Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien, a longtime children’s advocate. “We have expanded full-day kindergarten, increased access to preschool and expanded basic health coverage to children. This is one more step toward helping every Colorado child succeed.”

 

The 35-member Commission will advise the state on creating better data systems that will inform policy, funding and accountability, develop recommendations to improve the quality of and access to early childhood supports and services, and promote public-private and federal-state-local coordination to improve outcomes for children and their families.

 

The Commission includes representatives from nonprofits, early childhood service providers, parents, businesses, state agencies, local government, school districts, and legislators.

 

The 3-year Recovery Act grant will support the mission and activities of the Commission, and will create, at minimum, 2.5 new full-time equivalent jobs.