Early childhood

Department of Early Childhood transition plan

The State of Colorado has released the first draft of a plan to establish the Department of Early Childhood that will align and strengthen the state’s early childhood care and education services and programs, including the voter-approved, voluntary, universal preschool program. The Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan, which highlights recommendations for the department’s structure and governance, is a requirement of House Bill 21-1304, as signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis.

Statewide listening tour

We will be holding listening sessions around the state from Oct. 11-15 to share the draft transition plan and hear feedback directly from parents and caregivers, members of the early childhood workforce, providers, school districts, human services leaders, Early Childhood Councils, and other stakeholders in communities across Colorado. View the statewide schedule and register.

More information

View and download the Department of Early Childhood Transition Plan.

Read CDHS's Oct. 8 press release.

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The CDHS Office of Early Childhood provides collaborative leadership to align resources for children, families, and early childhood professionals to best prepare Coloradans for future success, through access to coordinated and quality early childhood programs and family supports.

The office aligns itself with the goals set forth in the Early Childhood Colorado Framework to ensure all children are valued, healthy and thriving.

Colorado’s Early Intervention program provides supports and services to children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families from birth until age 3.

The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines are designed to describe the path of children’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old. 

The Office of Early Childhood website lets parents search for Colorado Shines quality-rated programs and offers a number of resources for both parents and caregivers.