About Local Coordinating Organizations (LCOs)

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A Local Coordinating Organization (LCO), as identified in HB22-1295, is a community agency or organization responsible for supporting local access and equitable delivery of early childhood and family support programs. An LCO fosters partnerships, creates alignment, and establishes a comprehensive, locally supported plan for providing early childhood and family support programs equitably. This model was created as a result of extensive stakeholder feedback, identifying local entities as those who are best positioned to understand the varying needs for early childhood programs and services in diverse communities throughout the state. LCOs serve as a liaison between families, the local early childhood system and the state.

In year one, LCOs must, at minimum, coordinate a mixed delivery system of UPK Colorado in their community. Some LCOs may be prepared to take on a larger scope of work in the first year, while others may need to build this up over time.