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June 5, 2024 (Article)  Judge issues ruling in Catholic lawsuit over Colorado universal preschool program

A federal judge rejected most of the claims made by two Colorado Catholic preschools that sued the state of Colorado over its universal preschool program.

May 23, 2024 (Article) In search of funding for child care, 2 Colorado regions pursue special taxing districts

Colorado already has lots of special districts that levy taxes for things like fire protection, water sanitation, and libraries. But what about for early childhood programs?

May 13, 2024 (Article) Outdoor preschools could soon get state licenses in Colorado, unlocking public dollars

Outdoor classrooms give young children the chance to move freely, learn about the natural world, and assess risks and solve problems in a way indoor classrooms don’t allow. They say licensing will open the programs to a wider swath of families by unlocking public dollars available through Colorado’s universal preschool and child care subsidy programs.

May 10, 2024 (Article) The Education bills that passed (and failed) in the 2024 Colorado legislative session.

What education bills passed and which bills failed during the 2024 Colorado legislation. This article will get you up to date on all the hard work during the legislative session, and will answer question you may have.

May 3, 2024 (Article) Preschool is popular, and more Colorado school districts are adding it.

Generally, experts say adding preschool in public schools is a good thing, expanding options for families, aligning preschool learning to what’s taught in higher grades, and easing the transition for incoming kindergartners.

May 3, 2024 (Article) How will Colorado’s new funding formula affect rural districts? It depends. 

Most districts would get more funding but a few others — including a handful of rural districts — would get less money over time, compared to the current formula

October 3, 2023 (Article) Colorado’s universal preschool program now allows walk-in enrollment – Chalkbeat Colorado

The state changed its rules in late September, allowing preschool providers to enroll ‘walk-ins’ more quickly than before.

September 21, 2023 (Newspaper Article) RMECC director, Stacy Petty , mentioned on Herald Democrat

Childcare fund proposed to county commissioners,

[Stacy Petty], the director of the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Council and a participant in the coalition, said that while many parents opt to send their children to unlicensed providers, there are many benefits to choosing one with a license. “Anyone who’s licensed has been background checked and fingerprinted, so there’s a level of safety there,” [Petty] said. “When you’re working with a licensed care provider, they have met some educational
requirements as well.”

September 5, 2023 (Video)  Science X Design: Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children

Moving forward as a society depends on children developing to their full potential, and the science of early childhood development can help us figure out the best ways to make this happen. In this video, learn about three “science by design” principles we’ve identified that community leaders, policymakers, and practitioners can use as a guiding star for designing better programs, practices, and services for children and families—ones that will help them thrive. Learn more about the Science X Design principles—and how to apply them—at https://developingchild.harvard.edu/i…