Early Childhood Council System Overview
There are 31 Early Childhood Councils serving 58 of the 64 Colorado counties. The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood provides oversight of the early childhood councils. Early Childhood Councils focus on four domains of early childhood to include early learning; family support and education; social emotional and mental health; and health. The goal of Early Childhood Councils is to improve the quality, access and equity of services across these four domains by building a strong local system. By coordinating and leveraging existing early childhood services, Councils reduce duplication, facilitate access to services, and maximize the use of a broad array of community resources.
What is the Early Childhood Colorado framework?
The Early Childhood Colorado is a collective vision on behalf of Colorado’s young children and their families.
Click Here to see a Visual Overview of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework Early Childhood Colorado framework:
- Recognizes the needs of the whole child and family;
- Communicates the vision for comprehensive early childhood work;
- Focuses on specific measurable outcomes;
- Guides, organizes, and focuses the actions and accountability of public and private stakeholders.
For twelve years, dedicated members of the Douglas County early childhood community met informally to share information and resources in an effort to improve the quality of supports and services for families with young children. In June 2007, the Douglas County Early Childhood Council (DCECC) was formally recognized as an early childhood council and is one of 30 early childhood councils in the state of Colorado today. Sandy Gregory, DCECC Director, was hired on March 31, 2008 and helps the Executive Committee oversee the projects and activities of the DCECC.
The mission of the Douglas County Early Childhood Council is to foster and promote a comprehensive, high quality, and responsive system of early childhood services and supports for families with children, prenatal to age eight.
How To Get Involved
There are many ways you can become involved with DCECC. The only thing we ask is that you are committed to improving the lives of young children in Douglas County. Just let us know how you’d like to participate with our group or we’d be happy to share some ideas of how you get involved.
The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines are a helpful resource that describes kids’ development and abilities from birth to eight years old and offer tips for how adults can help develop and support those abilities. Whether you’re a first-time parent or caregiver — or an experienced professional – you can learn practical tips in just a few minutes or explore the complete Guidelines in much more detail.