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Denver's Early Childhood Council

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Quality Initiatives

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent
Teachers

Description

The Council develops and leads Quality Initiatives (QI) in Denver's early learning sector. These initiatives enhance both the availability and the quality of early childhood care and education in Denver, ultimately improving children's school readiness and child outcomes by coordinating targeted resources to early care and education providers such as onsite coaching, training, quality learning materials, technology, professional development and technical assistance.

The Council is a contracted provider of coaching and quality administration services for the Denver Preschool Program (DPP) and Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood. The quality initiatives serve over 400 licensed early care and education programs. Early care and education providers participating in the Council's quality initiatives participate in the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The quality rating helps ensure that investments are targeting child care needs in Denver communities in addition to impacting quality and child outcomes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 63% of eligible Denver child care/early learning programs are engaged in the state's quality improvement and rating (Colorado Shines) process. This includes large child care centers, family child care homes, public school ECE programs, and some family, friend & neighbor care providers.

Over 47% of participating child care/early learning programs have achieved a high Colorado Shines quality rating (Level 3-5).






Systems Building/Child Health & Well-Being

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Teachers

Description

Early Childhood Systems Building includes efforts around increasing availability, quality, and accessibility of services for children and families and increasing the capacity of early learning providers. This is accomplished through public will building, fostering strategic learning and collaboration, and system-wide data analysis to build the foundations of a thriving early childhood system in Denver. The Council has made huge strides in designing and implementing a data platform, called ecConnect, over the past several years that streamlines data from local and statewide sources for faster analysis and understanding of demographics, trends and variables impacting the early childhood community in Denver.

Denver's Early Childhood Council strives to ensure all children and families in Denver have equitable access to quality early childhood services and supports, and works strategically with community partners to align efforts and create more efficient and culturally responsive services. The Council also supports many other systems building activities including home visitation networks, system partner networks, Denver CCAP Collaborative, partnership in the Denver Public Schools Birth to Eight Roadmap and participation in other state-wide and national early childhood leadership coalitions.

The Council serves as lead partner for LAUNCH Together in Denver, a child health & well-being collaborative funded by eight foundations. In close partnership with Denver Public Health, Denver Children's Advocacy Center, and the Mental Health Center of Denver, this four-year grant focuses on building a coordinated system of trauma-informed organizations and social-emotional supports for young children birth-to-5 years old in targeted high needs neighborhoods, particularly in Southwest Denver.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Through LAUNCH, over 400 participants attended trainings in fiscal year 2017-18 on themes of preventing sexual abuse, Conscious Discipline, Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), Pyramid Plus Approach, resilience, and similar topics. Trainings and meetings are held in Spanish and English, with Spanish-speaking events showing the highest turnout.



Career Pathways/Professional Development

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Children birth to age 3
Families
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Teachers

Description

One of the most critical driving factors for positive early childhood outcomes and school readiness is the presence of early childhood professionals who provide emotionally supportive environments and language-rich interactions for young children. The Council offers a wide range of training and education resources for professionals who care for children. This includes trainings focused on child development, health/safety practices, social-emotional support, quality improvement, and many more topics that are tied to workforce competencies.

Over the past year, the Professional Development team has been shifting their approach to diversify not only the structures and topics of training provided, but also the types of supports offered to early childhood professionals. This more varied approach has been acknowledged by changing the name of this program area to "Career Pathways," to better reflect the holistic approach to growing professionals with the early childhood system. The phrase often used to summarize this outlook is to "meet each professional where they are at, and get them where they want to be."

Because of the diverse needs of professionals in early childhood, there is a current effort towards creating more individualized supports that have the flexibility to meet these needs. We believe this transition from simply providing training to more fully supporting each individual through their professional journey will make a significant impact in transforming the local early childhood workforce.

A new initiative started near the end of fiscal year 17-18: Denver's Early Childhood Workforce Initiative is a new pilot program being led by the Council, addressing the systemic improvement of recruitment, retention and compensation for early childhood teachers. This program is designed to address the workforce shortage crisis and provide a clear pathway to self-sufficiency in a long-term early childhood career, while placing participants in high-quality, high-need areas. The initiative is in the planning stages and will involve collaboration with several complementary partners, including the Denver Office of Economic Development Center, Mi Casa Resource Center, Focus Points Family Resource Center, Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.


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Evidence of Program's Success

Approximately 3000 early childhood professionals earned a credential issued by the Colorado Department of Education in fiscal year 2017-18.

Over 700 unique individuals attended over 150 training sessions hosted by the Council in fiscal year 2017-18.

EC professionals earning a credential issued by the Colorado Department of Education increased 20% from the beginning of the 2017-18 fiscal year to the end of of the third quarter.

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