This program supports the early care and education professionals and their programs, which ensures young children in our communities have high quality early care and education environments with well-prepared professionals supporting their early learning, which in turn ensures they are ready for school!
To date, these scholarships have supported over 100 early childhood professionals and provided nearly 1000 hours of ongoing training. This funding has also resulted in early-childhood professionals receiving their director qualifications as well as opening a new child care center to increase the number of slots available for children.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children birth to age 3
Providing support, technical assistance to child care providers and referral information to families, including providing support for providers with the new Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System.
Increased number of licensed slots between FY 14 and FY 15 by 34 slots.
Female Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Male Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Provide tuition scholarships to early care and education programs to support families meeting self sufficiency levels and ensure all children have access to quality, licensed child care or preschool.
Increased demand, children enter kindergarten prepared to learn
In January 2015 we launched our Prepared to Learn Initiative. Working with our local school districts and other programs serving families we are developing a variety of strategies to ensure that every child is "prepared to learn" by school entry. Our first key activity is launching the evidence based Ready! for Kindergarten program for families.