HB21-1304 PASSES | Creates State Agency for Early Childhood!

HB21-1304, a bipartisan bill to create a state agency for early childhood in Colorado, has passed and is on its way to the Governor’s desk! This bill will have a life-changing impact on Colorado kids for generations to come! We would like to thank prime sponsors of this bill: Representative Emily Sorota, Representative Alec Garnett, Senator Stephen Fenberg, and Senator Janet Buckner. The transition planning process will start next and you can be involved – see below! It will take years to come to fruition; however, today we celebrate this huge progress for early childhood!

The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) is tasked with approving a plan to transition to the new agency, as well as to guide the state’s new universal preschool program. As part of this transition process, the ECLC will engage a wide range of stakeholders—including parents/families, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, and others—to ensure recommendations are representative of the unique and diverse voices across Colorado. You can learn more about these efforts here (Spanish version here). You’re invited to participate in this important process by completing an online interest form in English or the Spanish Form to share the perspective you would like to bring to the Transition Advisory Group or one of its Subgroups no later than June 21, 2021. 

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