CDE recognizes the importance of a child’s early years and parents as the most significant influence in a child’s life. CDE further recognizes that there are children and their families who are more vulnerable than others because of risk factors within their lives and the limitations of available supports and resources.
It is the policy of CDE to support high quality, developmentally appropriate, family-centered services that are available to all children and that value and respect the diversity of individual children and families. CDE commits to the elimination of systemic barriers that impede the positive development of children and their families.
CDE's Office of Early Learning & School Readiness collectively work together to prevent the achievement gap and promote student success by insuring that all of Colorado's youngest children are physically, emotionally, socially and academically ready for school from the very beginning.
Our work at CDE is to support communities and districts as they implement the “ready child” components of SB 08-212 through programs such as Results Matter, Colorado Preschool Program, Child Find, Preschool special education, Early Childhood Councils, Early Childhood Professional Development Team, Expanding quality in infant/toddler care initiative, and other program services through the Race to the Top Grant Early Learning Challenge Fund.