Colorado Shines Brighter (PDG B-5)

  • Participate in Stakeholder Activities (Surveys, Focus Groups, etc.)

    More activities will be added as they are confirmed. Please check back for new opportunities to participate in the Preschool Development Grant!
     
    ActivityTarget AudienceDate(s) and LocationsPurposeSource and Contact
    Key Stakeholder InterviewsProviders of services to children birth through five and their families, policy makers, advocates, and othersVariousInform the needs assessment, strategic plan, evaluation, and PDG activities being implemented during the first year. Outreach may come from Colorado Health Institute, Child Trends, Early Milestones Colorado, Marzano Research, The Butler Institute, SE2 and other PDG vendors.

    Direct questions to CDHS_PDG@state.co.us
     
    Transitions SurveyEarly Childhood Councils, Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, Home VisitorsJuly 9-July 22Identify strategies to support families of children entering kindergarten.Colorado Office of Early Childhood

    Direct questions to CDHS_PDG@state.co.us
    Early Childhood Professional Credential Survey Licensed child care facility directors and professionals registered in the Colorado Shines PDIS who have been awarded a CredentialJuly 19-July 23The Professional Credential workgroup has been tasked with developing recommendations that will improve the Early Childhood Professional Credential and increase alignment with licensing. Colorado Office of Early Childhood

    Direct questions to CDHS_PDG@state.co.us
    Parent and Caregiver Focus GroupsParents and caregivers of children birth to age fiveJuly 24- August 8

    Click HERE for dates and locations, including an online option.

    Click HERE for the Spanish-language flyer
    Identify families' needs and preferences to support their child's learning and development.Colorado Health Institute
    Contact:
    BastianN@coloradohealthinstitute.org

    RSVP (in English):
    http://colo.health/earlychildhood

    RSVP (in Spanish):
    https://colo.health/primerainfancia
     
    Provider and Stakeholder Focus GroupsProviders of services to children ages birth to five and their families, policy makers, advocates, and othersJuly 24- August 8

    Click HERE for dates and locations, including an online option. 

    Spanish-language flyer coming soon.
    Identify the needs of early childhood professionals, caregivers, and their communities to better support children birth to five and their families.Colorado Health Institute
    Contact:
    BastianN@coloradohealthinstitute.org

    RSVP (in English):
    http://colo.health/earlychildhood

    RSVP (in Spanish):
    https://colo.health/primerainfancia
    Early Care and Learning Provider SurveyChild care and preschool programs serving children birth to fiveJuly 24 Understand providers' utilization of Colorado Shines, access to and need for training, barriers to providing infant/toddler care, and barriers to operating a child care business.The Butler Institute
    Quality Improvement Navigator and Coach SurveyColorado Shines QRIS Quality Navigators and CoachesAugust 9Learn about training received and desired, desired supports, outreach and engagement strategies, partners, and perceptions of Colorado Shines.The Butler Institute
    Family SurveyParents and caregivers of children birth to fiveMid-August Identify families' needs and preferences to support their child's learning and development.Colorado Health Institute
    Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Family SurveyParents and caregivers participating in CCCAPAugust 24Learn about regarding their experiences and preferences.The Butler Institute
     
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      Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) Program Quality and Alignment (PQA) Subcommittee

      The PQA Subcommittee serves as the advisory body for the Colorado's Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5). PQA Subcommittee meetings are used by the Office of Early Childhood to provide communication on the grant, provide members and the general public an the opportunity to provide feedback and share best practices on grant implementation. Visit the Program Quality & Alignment Subcommittee webpage for more information, including meeting agendas, minutes, and supporting documents.

      Upcoming Meetings:
      Friday, August 9, 2019
      9:00 am - 11:00 am
      WEBINAR ONLY - Register or participate here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2314496562438843139

      Past Meetings


      Colorado Shines BRIGHTER! Newsletter

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      Contact Us

      Email the Colorado Shines Brighter team at cdhs_pdg@state.co.us.
    • Learn About Colorado Shines Brighter
      Colorado was awarded a $5.8 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This funding was made available under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and is targeted to help states build a quality early learning system for children birth to 5 and their families. 

      The one-year PDG B-5 project period began December 31, 2018, and will conclude December 30, 2019. 

      Colorado's original application requested $8.1 million. The Office of Early Childhood submitted a revised budget in January 2019, and anticipates approval to begin grant activities in February. View Colorado's PDG B-5 application (November 6, 2018) and revised budget (January 29, 2019).

      The PDG B-5 supports states in their efforts to analyze the current landscape of the early care and learning mixed delivery system, and implement changes to the system that maximize the availability of high-quality early childhood care and education options for low-income and underserved families across providers and partners; improve the quality of care; streamline administrative infrastructure; and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies.

      Colorado Shines Brighter is Colorado's PDG B-5 opportunity. Colorado Shines Brighter is based on the state's shared vision to ensure all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten by achieving three outcomes:

      1. Colorado families have access to quality formal early childhood care and education settings of their choosing which best meet the need of their child and family, especially those who are vulnerable and infants and toddlers.
      2. Informal early childhood care and education environments (parental, friend, family, and neighbor care) are enhanced to enrich and support children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
      3. Colorado’s B-5 early childhood state system is coordinated and aligned to enhance the resources available to families and to improve the quality of relationships among families, caregivers, and children.

      View and print the Colorado Shines Brighter handout. Watch our kick-off webinar (February 8, 2019).

      The Federal Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Program

      In September 2018, the US Administration for Children and Families released the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five PDG B-5. The PDG B-5 grants support states in their efforts to analyze the current landscape of their early childhood education mixed delivery system and implement changes to the system that maximize the availability of high-quality early childhood care and education options for low-income and disadvantaged families across providers and partners, improve the quality of care, streamline administrative infrastructure, and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies.

      The PDG B-5 provides funding for one year to complete five activities: 1) develop or update a comprehensive needs assessment, 2) develop or update a statewide B-5 strategic plan, 3) maximize parent choice and knowledge, 4) share best practices, and 5) implement quality improvement strategies in response to the needs assessment and strategic plan. Activities 1 and 2 must be complete and approved by the federal government before activity 5 can begin.

      The PDG B-5 does not allow states to create new early childhood programs and services. During 2019, states receiving PDG B-5 grants will be able to apply for years two through four of PDG B-5 funding.

    • View Colorado's Strategies

      Colorado Shines Brighter is committed to the following strategies:

      Activity 1. Statewide Birth – 5 Needs Assessment
      View our process for conducting the needs assessment here.

      • Build upon existing needs assessments and conduct additional research to address:
        • What do we have (current state)
        • What is enough (what do families want)
        • Where is there not enough (identify geographic areas)
        • Who is not getting enough (identify inequities in access)
        • Why is there not enough (market conditions, parental choice, cost)

      Activity 2. Statewide Birth – 5 Strategic Plan
      View our process for developing the strategic plan here.

      • Develop a 5-year strategic plan to ensure all Colorado children are ready for school when entering kindergarten by:
        • Utilizing the needs assessment information and data
        • Aligning existing state and local strategic plans and frameworks
        • Building on existing initiatives and foundational systems
        • Broadly including stakeholders across Colorado’s mixed delivery system
        • Increasing engagement in system-wide transition planning
      • Develop an Information Technology Roadmap to inform future enhancements or technology builds and maximize users' experiences
      • Identify innovative strategies to support the early childhood workforce

      Activity 3. Maximizing Parent Choice and Knowledge

      • Build upon Colorado’s consumer education and engagement efforts by developing shared messages, training, and resources all providers can use to create a “no wrong door” entry point to early childhood and family support programs
      • Update the Colorado Early Learning & Development Guidelines to align with best practices and other standards, and create new content that addresses caregivers’ experiences and early childhood transitions

      Activity 4. Sharing Best Practices among State Early Care and Learning Providers

      • With the support of a process management vendor, convene workgroups to assess and make recommendations to:
        • The Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators
        • The Early Childhood Professional Credential
        • Early Childhood Professional Qualifications
        • Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Framework
      • Evaluate and revise the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to include indicators focused child development, outcomes, and to improve quality relationships; initiate a retooling process to transition from Environment Rating Scales (ERS) to the ERS – 3
      • Mine and analyze data to inform long-term training and technical assistance plans for Colorado Shines
      • Develop new course offerings on the Colorado Shines Professional Development and Information System (PDIS) to enhance quality relationships and to expand use of the PDIS across the mixed-delivery system
      • Analyze the organizational capacity and alignment of local community partners
      • Leverage the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Contract for Slots Pilot Project to inform statewide adoption of child care slot contracts
      • Implement the ROOTS™ Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program
      • Enhance the Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists program
      • Explore an early childhood mental health consultation "warm line"
      • Assess community-level needs for different modalities of early childhood mental health support
      • Augment the Growing Readers Together model
      • Pilot home visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) to licensed family child care home providers and friend, family, and neighbor caregivers

      Activity 5. Improve the Overall Quality of Early Learning and Care Programs, Providers, and Service

      • Implement enhancements to existing information technology, focusing on the Colorado Shines website
    • Meet Staff and Vendors

      Colorado Shines Brighter Staff

      Lindsey Dorneman, Preschool Development Grant B-5 Director
      Lindsey oversees the implementation of Colorado's Preschool Development Grant B-5, accelerating the achievement of goals and objectives established by state agencies, early childhood stakeholders, OEC staff, partners, and clients.

      Avilene Rodriquez, Transitions Manager
      Avilene is responsible for managing projects that ensure greater coordination, collaboration, and alignment among early childhood programs, partners, and stakeholders. During the grant period, she will review early childhood policy, funding streams, and infrastructure, and design and recommend strategies that support the transition of young children into kindergarten.

      Kristen Lang, Program Access Manager
      Kristin is responsible for managing projects that ensure greater coordination, collaboration, and alignment among early childhood programs, partners, and stakeholders. During the grant period, she will review early childhood policy, funding streams, and infrastructure, and design and recommend strategies that maximize availability of early childhood programs across the state, specifically programs serving infants and toddlers.

      Angela Ben-Zekry, Early Childhood Workforce Coordinator
      Angela will collaborate with early childhood programs, partners, and stakeholders to align and coordinate early childhood workforce initiatives, including reviewing early childhood workforce qualifications, policy, funding streams and infrastructure. These activities will help identify opportunities to support recruitment, retention and compensation of Colorado's early childhood workforce.

      Lisa Schlueter, Early Childhood Mental Health Lead Specialist
      Dr. Lisa Schlueter supports the development of strategies to provide mental health consultation in informal care settings, design a model for regional reflective supervision, and explore trauma-informed care practices best suited for early care and learning settings. 

      Joanna Barreras, Finance and Contracts Specialist
      Joanna supports the Preschool Development Grant team and vendors by managing grant-related procurements, contracts and invoicing. 

      Therese P., Program Assistant
      Therese provides administrative support to the Preschool Development Grant team, partners, and stakeholders. 


      Colorado Shines Brighter Vendors

      PDG ActivityVendorStatus
      Needs AssessmentColorado Health InstituteIn Progress
      Health eMoms SurveyColorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentIn Progress
      EvaluationButler Institute at University of Denver In Progress
      Strategic PlanningChild Trends (Marzano Research, Early Milestones Colorado)In Progress
      Information Technology RoadmapBloom Consulting (Roadmap Development)
      TBD (UI/UX Recommendations)
      In Progress
      Parent Choice and Knowledge –
      No Wrong Door Communications 
      SE2In Progress
      Early Learning and Development Guidelines –
      Content Update
      Marzano ResearchIn Progress
      Early Learning and Development Guidelines –
      Communication Tools Update
      Network AffiliatesIn Progress
      Process Management (Workgroups)Government Performance SolutionsIn Progress
      Transition from ERS to ERS-3Clayton Early LearningIn Progress
      Analytics to Inform Training and Technical AssistanceButler Institute at University of DenverIn Progress
      eLearning Development (3 vendors)Healthy Child Care Colorado, Education Northwest, and People ProductionsIn Progress
      Organizational Capacity AnalysisUniversity of Colorado - DenverIn Progress
      ROOTS™ Early Childhood Mental Health TrainingDr. Sarah Watamura, University of DenverIn Progress
      Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation “Warm Line”Cause Effect Advisory ServicesIn Progress
      Modalities of Early Childhood Mental Health SupportColorado Health InstituteIn Progress
      Growing Readers Together and Friend, Family and Neighbor (FFN)
      Strategic Partnership Action Network Strategic Plan
      Colorado Department of EducationIn Progress
      Home Visiting Pilot Program for Family Child Care Homes and FFN
      Caregivers (5 sites)
      Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, Bright Futures, Hilltop Community Services, North Range Behavioral Health, and Roots Family CenterIn Progress
    • Frequently Asked Questions

      What does it mean for a child to be ready for school when entering kindergarten?
      In the state’s PDG B-5 application, school readiness is defined as, “Children have been nurtured to have the physical, social, emotional and cognitive capacity in order to meaningfully engage in, and benefit from, the learning and social experiences provided in the K-12 environment.

      Over the next 10 months, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) will develop a five-year strategic plan to ensure all Colorado children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. We will be working with a vendor and in partnership with stakeholders to formulate this plan. Additionally, the OEC is engaging a vendor to develop an evaluation plan and tools to determine how the PDG B-5 efforts identified in our strategic plan will be measured to ensure we achieve our goal.

      What is the goal for alignment and how will you measure success?
      The federal funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the PDG B-5 asked states to develop a statewide strategic plan that, among other requirements, “Recommend[s] partnership, collaboration, coordination, and quality improvement activities and opportunities that can leverage existing resources to improve coordination, policy alignment, program quality and service delivery, across early childhood care and education programs in the B-5 Early Childhood State System, including activities to improve children's transition from early childhood care and education programs into elementary schools.”

      Success will be measured in several ways:

      1. completion of the strategic plan, meeting the criteria identified above; 
      2. the development of strategies to enhance children’s transitions into elementary school;
      3. the development of new or strengthened partnerships among Head Start providers, State and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, and private entities (including faith and community-based entities) to improve coordination and delivery of services; and 
      4. the blending or braiding of other public and private funding to maximize access to high quality early childhood care and education programs.

      What does mixed delivery system mean in the context of the PDG?
      The state’s PDG B-5 application utilizes the Every Student Succeeds Act definition of mixed delivery system, which means “[…] a system of early childhood care and education services that are delivered through a combination of programs, providers, and settings, such as Head Start, licensed family and center-based child care programs, public schools, and other community-based organizations, that is supported by a combination of public and private funds.

      What does it mean to coordinate delivery models and funding streams in the context of the PDG? 
      The PDG B-5 requires states to streamline administrative infrastructure and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies to maximize the number of children and families served by Colorado’s mixed delivery system. 

      The OEC is employing two grant-funded staff to research and recommend opportunities for alignment of these structures and funding, which includes a look at rules and regulations, program structures, and eligibility requirements for programs that include, but may not be limited to, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program, federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, child care licensing, Early Head Start and Head Start, and the Colorado Preschool Program. 

      What does provider mean in the context of the PDG?
      Generally, provider means anyone that falls within the B-5 Early Childhood State System defined within the PDG B-5 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) as, “[…]  core early childhood care and education programs, including the Child Care and Development Fund and State child care, which may include center-based, family child care, and informal care providers, Early Head Start and Head Start, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, and other State or locally funded home visiting services, Part C and Section 619 of Part B of IDEA, State preschool programs, and programs funded by Title I of the ESEA. In addition, it also includes a wide range of early childhood care and education programs and services that strengthen, engage, and stabilize families and their infants and young children including supports that target health and wellness, such as Medicaid, the Children's' Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs, Healthy Start, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the infrastructure components that support these programs and services.
       
      As you look at specific Colorado Shines Brighter PDG B-5 strategies, the definition of provider may be narrower. For example, Roots Training (under Sharing Best Practices) targets providers of early childhood mental health consultation.

      What is the “no wrong door approach”?  And how will success be measured for the no wrong door approach?
      Colorado’s PDG B-5 project, Colorado Shines Brighter, will build upon the state’s consumer education and engagement efforts to develop a “no wrong door” entry point to high-quality early childhood care and learning programs and services that support children B-5 and their families. The “no wrong door” strategy would provide families access to all early care and learning and family support services meeting their needs regardless of their initial entry point. The strategy makes certain that families can access information quickly and make timely connections to services that optimize the wellbeing of their child and the family. This strategy will improve family-system connections, increase parent engagement, and leverage quality relationships with trusted community resources to embed consumer education and engagement throughout the B-5 early childhood state system, as well as other community-based systems used by families. The “no wrong door” strategy also creates formal linkages between programs that serve as pathways for transitions from one setting to another, including from preschool into kindergarten or elementary school.

      The infrastructure to support this strategy will be developed during the grant period. We anticipate the impact of this strategy to unfold beginning in 2020. Success will be measured by tracking how information about available existing programs for children from birth to kindergarten entry is disseminated to parents and families, and how involvement by parents and family was improved.
        
      What were the considerations when selecting the programs that fall under “best practices”? And what are the methods for sharing best practices?
      The federal funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for the PDG B-5 asked states to: “[…] provide a plan for how to share best practices among early childhood care and education program providers in the State to reduce duplication of effort, leverage financial and other resources, and increase program quality, collaboration, and efficiency of B-5 services, including improving transitions across programs and into the early elementary grades. The applicant is also required to:

      • Describe the partnerships and opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and sharing best practices, as they relate to efforts conducted by researchers, national technical assistance centers, Head Start State Collaboration Offices, State educational agencies, lead agencies for Part C of IDEA, national organizations, and other relevant entities identified by the State; and
      • Discuss how the State will provide systematic technical assistance to local communities and community-based organizations, and on what topics.

      To meet these requirements, the OEC focused on sustainable strategies to increase alignment, coordination and collaboration, as well as embed new research and best practices into early care and education practice. Best practices will be shared with providers, including friend, family and neighbor (FFN) caregivers, early childhood mental health consultants, licensed early care and learning programs, and others through a variety of modalities that include:

      • With the support of a process management vendor, convene workgroups to assess and make recommendations to:
        • The Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators
        • The Early Childhood Professional Credential
        • Early Childhood Professional Qualifications
        • Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Framework
      • Evaluate and revise the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to include indicators focused child development, outcomes, and to improve quality relationships; initiate a retooling process to transition from Environment Rating Scales (ERS) to the ERS – 3
      • Mine and analyze data to inform long-term training and technical assistance plans for Colorado Shines
      • Develop new course offerings on the Colorado Shines Professional Development and Information System (PDIS) to enhance quality relationships and to expand the use of the PDIS across the mixed-delivery system
      • Analyze the organizational capacity and alignment of local community partners
      • Leverage the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Contract for Slots Pilot Project to inform statewide adoption of child care slot contracts
      • Implement the ROOTS™ Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program
      • Enhance the Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists program
      • Develop a strategic plan for the FFN Strategic Partnership Action Network to guide friend, family and neighbor caregiver support strategies going forward
      • Augment the Growing Readers Together model
      • Pilot home visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) to licensed family child care home providers and friend, family, and neighbor caregivers

      What are the enhancements being made to Colorado Shines, Quality Improvement System?
      Several strategies under Sharing Best Practices will result in enhancements to the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). These strategies include:

      1. Engaging a process management vendor to design and facilitate a QRIS Framework Workgroup. The workgroup will make recommendations to align the Colorado Shines QRIS framework to focus on outcomes versus outputs and the reinforcement of a theory of change for early learning and care that encourages, enriches, and empowers human interactions within all quality indicators. Additionally, the workgroup will consult with national experts to conduct a review of ways to strengthen the existing quality indicators associated with child development and direct outcomes.
      2. Mining and analyzing data to inform long-term training and technical assistance plans for user groups that utilize the Colorado Shines QRIS and PDIS, Attendance Tracking System (CCCAP ATS), and child care licensing systems.
      3. Developing an information technology (IT) strategic roadmap to inform IT enhancements to improve the user experience of Colorado Shines systems.
      4. Initiating a process to transition from Environment Rating Scales (ERS) to ERS-3. This includes providing training on the ECERS-3, ITERS-3 and FCCERS-3 for early childhood education professionals, Colorado Shines Coaches, and the Quality Assessment Services Team. Additional efforts include certification of 100 Colorado Shines Coaches with one third version scale, and 50 Coaches with two third version scales, and supporting reliability for all Quality Rating Assessors with all third version scales.

      The PDG reference quality improvement for licensed and unlicensed care; how will unlicensed care be included in the activities?
      The Office of Early Childhood identified three outcomes for the PDG B-5. One of these outcomes focuses on informal early care and learning settings: Informal early childhood care and education environments (parental, friend, family, and neighbor care) are enhanced to enrich and support children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. 

      To achieve this, the Office of Early Childhood will utilize the needs assessment to identify opportunities to support parental, friend, family, and neighbor caregivers, and will include these strategies in the statewide strategic plan. 

      Additionally, the Office of Early Childhood is implementing the following strategies to support informal caregivers:

      • Update the Colorado Early Learning & Development Guidelines to align with best practices and other standards, and create new content that addresses caregivers’ experiences and early childhood transitions
      • Develop new course offerings on the Colorado Shines Professional Development and Information System (PDIS) that support or address the needs of informal caregivers
      • Augment the Growing Readers Together model to expand services to more friend, family and neighbor caregivers
      • Pilot home visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) to licensed family child care home providers and friend, family, and neighbor caregivers
      • Develop a strategic plan for the FFN Strategic Partnership Action Network to guide friend, family and neighbor caregiver support strategies going forward

      What is the ROOTs Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program?
      The OEC has contracted with Dr. Sarah Watamura to provide Roots training. Dr. Watamura is the co-director of the Stress Early Experience & Development Research Center, and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Denver. Dr. Watamura and her team will provide training in the Roots curriculum (an intensive, experiential trauma processing and stress reduction) to ECMH specialists across Colorado. These specialists will then be eligible for certification as Seedlings coaches, which is a trauma and stress reduction program for parents. This model will equip ECMH specialists and consultants with skills to partner successfully with child care providers and community members on trauma, adversity and resilience.

      More Details: The Roots Early Childhood Mental Health Training is a targeted training and coaching approach for Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists (ECMH). The 10-week evidence-based psychoeducational curriculum is designed to help professionals understand how adversity and trauma impacts health and how to prevent its transmission. Roots uses a train-the trainer approach and will equip ECMH Specialists with skills to partner successfully with child care providers and community members on trauma, adversity, and resilience. Using a train-the trainer approach, ECMH Specialists can be deployed to local communities to provide ongoing training on best practices.

      What are the commonly used acronyms involved the PDG work? 
      •    CCCAP – Colorado Child Care Assistance Program
      •    CCR&R – Child Care Resource and Referral
      •    CDE – Colorado Department of Education
      •    CDHS – Colorado Department of Human Services
      •    CHP+ – Child Health Plan Plus
      •    ECC – Early Childhood Councils
      •    EC – Early Childhood Education
      •    ECLC – Early Childhood Leadership Commission
      •    ECPD – Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory Work Group 
      •    ELDG – Early Learning & Development Guidelines
      •    ERS – Environmental Ratings Scale
      •    FCCH – Family Child Care Homes
      •    FCCRS – Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale
      •    FFN – Family, Friend and Neighbor care
      •    FRC – Family Resource Centers
      •    LAUNCH – Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health
      •    MIECHV – Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting
      •    OEC – Office of Early Childhood
      •    PDG – Preschool Development Grant
      •    PDIS –  Professional Development Information System
      •    PQA – Program, Quality & Alignment Subcommittee
      •    QRIS – Quality Rating and Improvement System
      •    RFA – Request for Application
      •    RFP – Request for Proposal

    Questions? Contact the Preschool Development Grant Unit:

    Office of Early Childhood, CDHS
    1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
    Denver, CO 80203
    Phone: 1-800-799-5876 or 303-866-5948
    Fax: 303-866-4453
    cdhs_pdg@state.co.us
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    Colorado Shines Brighter Info Graphic, Caregivers with baby

    The project described is supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0009-01-00, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.