ECEA is a powerful voice with the Colorado legislature, state regulators and the advocate community. ECEA reviews more than 600 pieces of proposed legislation annually, and takes an active role in public policy.

We maintain constant contact with legislators and the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor through our Executive Director, President, and professional lobbyists. 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:

Implementation of Colorado’s Early Childhood Workforce 2020 Plan

Reauthorization of Colorado's Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

Implementation of the Early Childhood Colorado Framework

Ongoing Rule Re-writing Impacting Providers: Office of Early Childhood           

Active Collaboration With The Early Childhood Professional Development Team  

Representation of Private Early Care & Education Providers In All 64 Counties Throughout Colorado: Colorado General Assembly

National Representation of Colorado's Early Care & Education Providers in Washington, D.C: Early Care & Education Consortium

Additionally, ECEA represents providers in over 15 ongoing collaborative stakeholder meetings statewide on a monthly basis...