Advocacy

ECEA and its lobbyist are powerful voices with the Colorado legislature and regulators. ECEA reviews more than 600 pieces of proposed legislation annually, and takes an active role in public policy.

Located close to the Colorado State Capitol, we maintain constant contact with legislators and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor through our Executive Director, President, and professional lobbyist. We participate in numerous statewide committees in order to keep up-to-date and involved with various organizations and agencies that serve early childhood education.

ECEA works tirelessly to increase CCCAP reimbursement rates, and to represent the private sector in discussions about universal pre-kindergarten, standards and outcomes for child care centers, professional development requirements for child care teachers, and licensing changes. We meet regularly with agencies such as licensing and health to discuss trends in violations and to learn about new rules and interpretations.

Our current work includes:

  • Keeping abreast of President Obama's Preschool for All initiative, analyzing its effect on private providers in Colorado, and giving input to the Early Care and Education Consortium about our concerns.
  • In November there will be a ballot initiative to raise the state income tax to increase funding to the public school system. This includes a lifting of the cap on CPP slots. We are working with other advocacy organizations to ensure that the private provider capacity won't be supplanted.
  • The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has re-written the center rules. They have incorporated many of the ITERS/ECERS measurements into the rules, as well as other requirements, many of which may have an adverse effect on child care centers. ECEA is working on several fronts to mitigate the rules that may adversely affect providers. After numerous meetings, the revised rule package is much kinder and gentler.
  • A new Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) for Colorado has been developed. ECEA was instrumental in giving input from the provider perspective on the proposed standards. Next, we will be working on a subcommittee to develop provider incentives.

 

The Early Care and Education Consortium is our national partner, lobbying Congress on behalf of early child care providers across the United States.