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Welcome to the Department of Early Childhood!



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With the launch of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood and preparation for Universal Preschool Colorado in the 2023-24 school year, there is a lot happening in early childhood! To stay connected sign up to receive our monthly newsletter. You can also follow along on social media. Find us on Facebook (en español), Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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The Colorado Department of Early Childhood is Hiring!

Join our team to have an impact on the lives of our youngest Coloradans, ensuring the Colorado children, families and providers are valued, healthy and thriving. View our current job openings, and keep checking back, as many more job opportunities will open in the coming months and weeks. You can also follow us on LinkedIn for regular notifications about job postings.

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About the Department of Early Childhood



The Colorado Department of Early Childhood ensures the delivery of a comprehensive, community-informed, data-driven, high quality and equitable early childhood system that supports the care, education and well-being of all Colorado’s young children, their families and early childhood professionals in all settings.


All Colorado children, families, and early childhood professionals are valued, healthy and thriving.