SUPPORTING DENVER’S BRIGHT FUTURE

All children deserve access to high-quality early care and learning.

Denver’s Early Childhood Council works to ensure our community’s youngest children and families have a strong local system that supports children’s healthy development, school readiness, and family well-being and stability.

We work with child care professionals, health and mental health care providers, local school districts, local leaders, and other partners to enhance the quality and availability of child care and early education opportunities for Denver children.

One of 35 regional Early Childhood Councils in Colorado, we serve as Denver’s early childhood hub. Denver’s Early Childhood Council connects child care professionals to training, funding, and other support so that they can focus on what they do best: provide high-quality care and learning environments for our youngest children.

We help professionals to stay current on the ever-changing landscape of scientific innovations in early childhood. We also help Denver’s child care programs navigate the complex landscape of early childhood regulations and requirements.

Get regular updates on funding opportunities, innovations, and other news that impacts Denver’s early childhood community.

WHAT WE DO

Denver’s Early Childhood Council works to build a strong and sustainable early childhood system that meets the needs of young children and families.

We are the leading source of training, support, and information about funding and other resources for early childhood professionals and child care programs in the City and County of Denver.

OUR IMPACT

From our 2022-2023 annual report

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COACHING HOURS

time spent working directly with early childhood teachers

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AWARDS

Denver Preschool Program Achievement Awards earned by Denver teachers and directors

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING HOURS

hours of professional development training delivered

OUR CORE FOCUS AREAS

Denver’s Early Childhood Council works at the individual, program, and systems level.

Working in broad partnership across agencies and utilizing diverse funding streams, Denver’s Early Childhood Council advances a seamless, effective early childhood system with children and families at the center. We guide early childhood programs to create and sustain consistent, supportive environments, while supporting individuals to enter and grow professionally in the field of early care and learning.

SYSTEMS BUILDING

  • Provide resources and referrals to child care programs 
  • Listen, learn, and advance effective practices 
  • Build and support collaborative opportunities 
  • Advocate for relevant child care and workforce policies 
  • Promote social emotional health and wellbeing 
  • Increase prenatal-to-3 resources

QUALITY INITIATIVES

  • Provide support to navigate the quality rating process
  • Offer business support and technical assistance
  • Provide coaching services and group training

CAREER PATHWAYS

  • Host professional development and training opportunities
  • Provide customized coaching and navigation on early childhood career and education paths

MISSION, VISION & HISTORY

MISSION & PURPOSE

Elevate the early childhood field through innovative and inclusive leadership, services, and solutions.

HISTORY

Learn more about the history and impact of Denver’s Early Childhood Council and Colorado’s network of 35 Early Childhood Councils.

VISION & VALUES

Our vision of a community where the diverse needs of all young children and their families are supported is guided by our shared values.

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

ORIGINAL 1023 501(C)(3) TAX EXEMPTION APPLICATION

MOST RECENT COPIES OF IRS FORM 990

ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD

“It’s fine to coordinate funds to meet as many community needs as you can. It’s much better to build a local system that is strong enough to survive the ebb and flow of funds, leadership, state and local priorities while always moving forward to build a better system for our kids. That’s what Denver’s Early Childhood Council has achieved.”

— Sharon Triolo Moloney, Colorado Department of Education (retired), former Council Board Vice Chair

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