United Way News
The director of Colorado Office of Early Childhood said the updated Early Childhood Colorado Framework by the Early Childhood Leadership Commission represents the state’s shared vision on early childhood.
According to Mary Anne Snyder, director of Colorado Office of Early Childhood, the Framework represents Colorado's shared vision for early childhood across early learning and development, health and well-being, and family support and education, incorporating the latest research in early childhood, including the importance of early learning and development prior to age three, the transition from preschool to kindergarten and the integration of social emotional development and health.
“United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children, Weld County’s Early Childhood Council, uses the Colorado Early Childhood Framework to guide our work locally,” said Sheri Hannah-Ruh, director of Promises for Children. “The framework allows PFC to identify community strengths, gaps, guide planning and help build partnerships.”
Snyder said the Office of Early Childhood lives and breathes the Framework every day, working toward access, quality and equity outcomes. Since its formation in 2012, Snyder said the Office has fostered leadership, partnership and accountability to ensure children and families have access to early childhood programming by establishing a singular structure and shared leadership for programs, promoting greater collaboration internally and with partners statewide.
Snyder said that more recently, the Office has begun to focus on the more efficient and effective use of resources by coordinating funding streams and reducing duplication. “This analysis will allow us to identify and fill gaps in services, as well as increase access to established programs,” Snyder said.