Workforce Strategies

The place is here, the time is now. Caregivers are key to providing the emotionally supportive and language-rich interactions necessary for preparing young children for school and positive long-term outcomes. There is a need for well-qualified early childhood teachers who have room to grow in the profession so they can build a career while supporting the success of children.

A Student, A Teacher, A Solution

Denver’s Early Childhood Workforce Initiative seeks to recruit and assist early childhood teaching professionals in licensed, high quality childcare programs in Denver. Building on the strengths of the program we piloted in 2018, we’re focused on an accessible, “no wrong door” approach to recruit new early childhood teaching professionals, establishing supportive services to retain them, and providing a clear pathway to self-sufficiency in a long-term early childhood career.

We have created a flexible and responsive model that acknowledges the diverse backgrounds of individuals working in the early childhood profession, as well as those seeking to enter the field.

Through the development of a relationship with a career navigator, participants explore career goals and are provided with tangible next steps to better understand their strengths and needs in order to be successful in the program.

In cooperation with our partners, participants are offered customized resources aligned to their ECT pathway and goals, setting them up for personal and professional success AND to help move the needle on the critical recruitment and retention needs for ECT-qualified staff in today’s early childhood system.

The partners:

The Early Childhood Workforce Innovation grant was made possible by a public-private partnership led by Early Milestones Colorado that includes Gary Community Investments, Buell Foundation, Denver Preschool Program, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Human Services. Rose Community Foundation is the fiscal sponsor of the grant-making effort and Mathematica Policy Research provides technical assistance and evaluation.