Expanding Access to Early Head Start

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In a new joint report entitled Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk, ZERO TO THREE and CLASP draw on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start (EHS) services for infants, toddlers, and their families. This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to… Read more »

Savings Now, Savings Later

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Smart Early Childhood Programs Pay Off Right Away And For The Long Term Abundant evidence has shown that quality early childhood programs generate enormous long-term benefits for young people as they grow to become productive adults, for our economy, and for society. But we don’t have to wait 10 or 20 years to see strong returns on our investments in… Read more »

Preschool Assistance for Colorado Parents

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In today’s economy, childcare and preschool expenses, when combined with other critical living expenses, may overwhelm families. Childcare, however, is essential for parents to be able to work or continue their education to improve job skills. Equally important, a quality preschool education gives children opportunities to learn and practice social, emotional, physical and cognitive skills important for kindergarten readiness. High-quality… Read more »

Durango child care center gets $1.2 million federal loan

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Durango child care center gets $1.2 million federal loan Riverhouse Children’s Center plans to expand By Chase Olivarius-Mcallister Though Durango’s shortage of child care remains acute, on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., announced it might get less stubborn, as Durango’s Riverhouse Children’s Center was approved for a $1.2 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office. According… Read more »

Preschool: The Littlest Job-Readiness Program?

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Can finger-painting, cup-stacking and learning to share set you up for a stellar career?   Research says yes, according to Dr. Celia Ayala, chief executive officer of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit that funds 325 schools in Los Angeles County, Calif., using money from tobacco taxes.   “When they enter kindergarten ready to thrive with all the social, emotional… Read more »

Capital Update

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Senate Bill 12-130 – Early Childhood Governance (Senators Newell and Hodge; Representatives Massey and Hamner) passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday with a vote of 7 to 3. The bill will now head to the floor of the Senate for a vote by the whole chamber. In the bill’s first committee hearing, Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney testified in… Read more »

One Book 4 Colorado

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Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced One Book 4 Colorado, an effort to provide a new book to every four year old in Colorado while simultaneously supporting parents as their child’s first teacher. “Something as simple as putting a book in the hand of a young child can inspire a love of reading and help that child develop into a… Read more »

Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia encourage Colorado Children to READ!

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Early Learning Ventures and the David and Laura Merage Foundation are proud to partner with Gov. Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Garcia as they launch their Early Literacy Campaign. The Early Literacy Campaign encourages Colorado Children to READ!  Public schools and public libraries across the state will receive two posters featuring Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia having fun reading with Clifford, the Big Red… Read more »

ECE Programs in the President’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal

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2/16/2012 Summary: The President’s budget proposal for FY 2013 offers some promising news for children and low-income women who benefit from early childhood programs. Full Article: National Women’s Law Center February 14, 2012 The President proposes to increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $825 million and to provide small increases for several other early… Read more »