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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. The LCO will 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 Universal Preschool 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.
Who can serve as an LCO
Any government or non-profit entity that is involved in their community’s early childhood system may apply to serve as an LCO. This includes, but is not limited to:
- County or municipal government agencies
- School districts
- Early Childhood Councils
- Family Resource Centers
- Special taxing districts
- Head Start Grantees
- Local non-profit organizations
- Charter school networks
Partnerships and new organizations that bring together multiple entities can also be formed to serve the LCO role in their community.
Resources for Community Conversations
In partnership with the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, a toolkit has been created to support a community’s early childhood stakeholders in coming together to discuss the local early childhood system, begin identifying a potential LCO, and prepare for the implementation of Universal Preschool at the local level. Please see the following resources, which include resources to be shared with all participants in these community conversations, as well as resources to support the facilitators of these community conversations, which will generally be the local Early Childhood Council. Click here to find your local Early Childhood Council and get involved!
Resources to be shared with all participants
- LCO Background Information Packet: An Information Packet of all of the available information related to LCOs
LCO Overview Video: 12 Minute Video of LCOs and important information to guide your Community Conversation
FAQs: An up-to-date list of Frequently Asked Questions about LCOs
Information Session Recording: Overview of LCOs and introduction to the Toolkit (from April 12, 2022 ECLC Town Hall)
Next Steps Tools and Resources Folder: A menu of tools and resources to help your community continue to discuss LCOs and plan for universal preschool
Facilitation resources for Early Childhood Councils
Facilitation Guide: Guidance to help facilitate a productive converation related to LCOs and planning for UPK
Customizable Flyer: To promote your Community Conversation with partners and stakeholders
Spanish language materials are available here: