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These entities want to run Colorado’s universal preschool program at the local level

Early childhood councils, school districts, and nonprofit organizations are among the three dozen groups that have applied to run Colorado’s universal preschool program in local communities when the initiative launches next year. There’s a single application for the job in 31 of the state’s 32 zones, which generally cover one to six counties. Douglas County, where both […]

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5 challenges facing Lisa Roy, Colorado’s new early childhood chief

As chief of Colorado’s new early childhood department, Lisa Roy will shape a new state agency with more than 300 employees and lead the biggest expansion of state-funded preschool in program history. Roy, 58, recently returned to Colorado after spending more than two years in Omaha, Nebraska, as director of program development at the Buffett […]

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These four states already have universal preschool. What can Colorado learn from them?

When Colorado launches free preschool for 4-year-olds in 2023, it will join a half dozen other states that already offer universal preschool. All of them have encountered the same tricky task Colorado leaders now face as they try to knit together a disparate patchwork of public and private preschools into an equitable and high-quality statewide […]