There is so much going on early childhood in Colorado! Here is a brief recap.

Early childhood is essential to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Civic Canopy produces a monthly newsletter for those who support the work of the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership. Check out all the exciting collaborations and trainings going on in early childhood in this month's newsletter, including information on Mental Health Month, Strolling Thunder and Colorado Family Leaders highlighted in national video!

What's New: Community & Partner Updates

May is Mental Health Month! Join the Conversation.
Just as we have physical health, we all have mental health. The foundations for strong mental health begin with relationships, and when caregivers experience strong mental well-being, it can have positive impacts on their children. On May 1st, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne and two Colorado teen mental health advocates proclaimed May #MentalHealthMonth in Colorado--watch the video here. Colorado has a wealth of resources and advocates working to shift the conversation about mental health across the lifespan!
LAUNCH Family Leadership Summit Video Features CO Family Leaders!
The Family Leadership Summit took place February 20-22, 2018 in Rockville, Maryland. SAMHSA developed a brief video capturing the passion and energy from the event and highlights two our own CO family leaders from the Young Children's Wellness Council, Princess Mack and Mary Schmidt! For more information about the National Early Childhood Family Network, please email 
Announcing the Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grantees
Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grants were awarded to six partnerships, including Early Childhood Council of La Plata CountyEarly Childhood Council of Larimer CountyEarly Childhood OptionsDenver's Early Childhood Council, Mesa County Public Health,and St. Vrain Valley School District. These grants are part of the larger Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce in Colorado Initiative, a public-private partnership includingEarly Milestones ColoradoBuell FoundationGary Community Investments, Colorado Department of Education, and Colorado Department of Human ServicesLearn moreabout their important work to advance the #ECE workforce!
Taking Action: Policy, Advocacy, and Engagement Opportunities
Strolling Thunder: Join the Rally NEXT WEEK!
Decisions that affect babies and families happen at all levels of government, not only in Washington, D.C. That's why Clayton Early Learning and Colorado Children's Campaign have partnered with ZERO TO THREE to bringStrolling Thunder™ to Colorado! Pack up your strollers and join us on May 8 for a stroll around the Capitol followed by a huge play date for babies, toddlers and families. Strolling Thunder is a fun, family friendly rally to encourage policymakers to Think Babies™ in support of stronger families, vibrant communities and prosperity across the country! Registration is FREE, so sign up todayand come strolling on May 8! 
Food for Thought: 2018 Legislative Recap & 2019 Future-cast
Join Denver's Early Childhood Council and Bill Jaeger, VP of Early Childhood & Policy Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, for a free lunch and review of activity and policy changes from the 2018 legislative session, the impacts of those legislative actions on early childhood programs, and a quick glance at the policy outlook for the new Governor’s administration and the 2019 session. Click to learn more and RSVP before space runs out!
Public Policy Engagement in Early Childhood Across Colorado Survey
A member of the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program, Cohort 10 developed a brief survey to learn more about the extent to which all voices are engaged in the public policy process in early childhood across Colorado. Complete the survey today to inform stakeholder engagement strategies and tools
Resources: Tools, Resources & Learning Opportunities
Developing Resilient, Trauma Informed Organizations - Training Opportunity
Day after day, many of us work with children, families and staff who have experienced trauma, yet we often do not know how to respond to their needs. As a result, more nonprofits and agencies are expanding their work to become “trauma-informed.” Click to learn more about this training offered for free (including lunch) by LAUNCH Together in Southwest Denver. 
By the Numbers: Utilizing ELV Services Increases Program Quality
Early Learning Ventures (ELV) recently looked at how utilizing ELV tools and resources—like its child management system, Alliance CORE—might improve the quality of child care programs. Using Colorado Shines ratings, ELV found that child care providers who utilize Alliance CORE, on average, have a higher Colorado Shines rating than non-ELV child care providers. ELV also concluded that child care providers utilizing Alliance CORE for more than a year could expect to see a significant increase to their rating. Click to learn more.
Hiring at The Civic Canopy: Apply by May 12
Partner organization The Civic Canopy is hiring two new individuals to join a dynamic team. They are seeking a manager to support the East5ide Unified/Unido Initiative in East Denver, along with a director to support the statewide Community Learning and Development Partner project with The Colorado Health FoundationLearn more here.
Using Data to Work Collaboratively: ECCP DAT
The ECCP Data action team works to promote shared measurement toward early childhood outcomes, and improve the quality of and access to data that supports measurement and data-driven decision-making through their collective action. For 2018, these goals are realized in the context of the Shared Data Agenda and Report.  Click to learn more about how the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership Data Agenda ensures the network and the many partners contributing to strong outcomes for children and families in Colorado are moving the needle for families in our state.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
May 7: DAT Meeting

May 8: Strolling Thunder

May 10: Spark Series: Collaborating with the Enemy

May 16-18: Results for Health Conference

May 21: ECCP Steering Meeting

June 21-22: 5th Annual Early Childhood Summit

September 19: 2018 Interdisciplinary Institute: Supporting Positive Social Emotional Development

September 26-28: Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference 

October 3-5: Zero to Three Conference, Denver

November 27-29: Save these days for the Building a Culture of Collaboration Summit, exact dates TBD
Early Childhood Newsclips
April 3: 7 things to know about how Colorado schools punish their youngest students -- Chalkbeat Colorado

April 4: Rural, Black Children Suspended More Than Whites In Colorado -- Patch

April 8: Early Achievers -- The Daily Sentinel

April 18: Colorado's state preschool program doesn't serve English learners well, report finds -- Chalkbeat Colorado

April 23: Bright Horizons Named a Winner of the Colorado 2018 Top Workplaces Award by Denver Post -- Business Wire

May 1: East Elemetary School in Craig to become preschool, administration building to close -- Craig Press
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