We answer more than 2,500 technical assistance requests, deliver training to hundreds of professionals, award approximately $175,000 in capital improvement grants, and catalyze dozens of policy changes each year.
Learn about hot topics from our team and partners. In our blog, you will learn about some of the important work we are leading to impact health, safety, and wellness in the early childhood settings and systems.
By: Adrienne Sedlak The Early Childhood Health Outdoors Initiative will create natural outdoor environments in early childhood spaces. The playground as we know it is about to change. Child care centers Step by Step of Northglenn and Wild Plum Learning Center (Long’s...read more
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is visiting the programs we support with grant funding. I recently had the opportunity to visit two Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures grant recipients. The Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures grant is for Colorado-based nonprofit and for profit early childhood education programs, including family child care, that serve children younger than age five and need improvements to their outdoor facilities.read more
Encouraging children in licensed programs to be outside and active is part of summertime fun, and we must ensure they are sun safe while playing. For licensed child care programs, our state helps us with sun protection and sunscreen through regulations.read more
Announcement: Healthy Beginnings, Active Futures Grant In January of 2017, we announced a $1.2 million grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to improve the quality of outdoor learning environments in early childhood settings and created a new grant titled Healthy...read more
Did you know tooth decay is the number one chronic disease in childhood, and that it’s preventable in nearly every case? It’s imperative that children learn to take care of their bodies when they are young so they can develop healthy habits. This means that early childhood professionals and families have key roles to play in helping children develop healthy routines.read more