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Boots on the Ground Report

EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCILS - Boots on the Ground: Advancing the Shared Vision for Colorado’s Children. Early Childhood Councils, established by legislation, are local collaboratives of public and private stakeholders in the community that work in close partnership to ensure that the youngest children are ready for school and families have the support they need to thrive. By sustaining a network of local, community-driven entities, it is possible to disseminate programming and best practices throughout the state as well as to gather diverse perspectives from Colorado’s many regions. This is the only formalized network that exists in Colorado that crosses all domains and is charged with facilitating development of a coordinated system that supports children by influencing their relationships, environments and communities. In addition, the Buell Foundation supports efforts to improve the access, quality and equity of the three early childhood domains as detailed in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework. As a unique network, the councils are an important lever for systemic change that impacts families with children ages zero to five, and it is imperative that councils function at a high level. This report was produced with support from the Buell Foundation. The Buell Foundation currently invests more than $2 million per year in the early childhood councils across the state.  Funding is provided in the following areas:  infrastructure & systems building, workforce & professional development, quality improvement, increasing access to high-quality child care, and other direct services.  

Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA)

Across Colorado, 34 Early Childhood Councils serve as hubs in their local communities to improve access to high quality services and supports for young children and their families. The mission of ECCLA is to improve access to quality services and supports for young children through a statewide network of Early Childhood Councils and key stakeholders.  

The Family Tree

For over four decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Actively addressing the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to, and overcome these challenges. Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 303-420-6752 Homelessness Programs Hotline: 303-467-2604  

Who is Your State Legislator?

Open States is a collection of tools that make it possible for citizens to track what is happening in their state's capitol by aggregating information from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. 1084  

Thirty Million Words

The Thirty Million Words Initiative develops and disseminates evidence-based, parent-directed programs that encourage parents to harness the power of their words to build their children’s brains and shape their futures. 1527,1387  

The Raising of America

The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children?  

Children’s Environmental Health Network

The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment. Today, CEHN is the voice of children’s environmental health in the nation’s capitol, one that is uniquely informed by a strong basis in pediatric and environmental health science.  

National Black Child Development Institute

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact black children and their families. BCDI-Denver, the local affiliate, is a group of early childhood experts, parents and professionals who have come together to create a trusted organization that will, with support from the national office, implement programs and provide resources addressing early learning, health and wellness, family engagement and literacy. BCDI's work will engage in advocacy that focuses on achieving positive outcomes for black children and families.