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With the launch of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood and preparation for Universal Preschool 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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Dr. Lisa Roy Receives Prestigious Harmon Award

The Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health awarded CDEC’s Executive Director Dr. Lisa Roy with the 2022 Harmon Award. The award is named for Dr. Robert J. Harmon, a pioneer in the field of infant mental health. The award recognizes an individual for their outstanding contributions to infant mental health in Colorado. 

Dr. Roy delivered the 2022 Harmon Lecture, where she spoke about the importance of having age-appropriate conversations about race and identity with young children and about the work of CDEC’s Early Childhood Mental Health team. Learn more about the Colorado Department of Early Childhood’s mental health services.

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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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December 20, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Hope Shuler | hope.shuler@state.co.us (DEC)  Conor Cahill | conor.cahill@state.co.us (Governor’s Office)   

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.