LCO + Universal Pre-K - Joint Initiatives

LCO + Universal Pre-K

Colorado House Bill 22-1295 (Department of Early Childhood and Universal Preschool Program) passed with bipartisan support on April 25, 2022.  This bill established operations and governance structures for the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), moved programs to this new department, and established the Colorado Universal Preschool Program.  Additionally, the bill established a new state-local partnership model: Local Coordinating Organizations (LCOs).  In El Paso County, the Legacy Institute funded and convened stakeholders to determine the local organization best suited to apply for this role.  Joint Initiatives has been selected as the Local Coordinating Organization (LCO) for this work and is excited to provide this hub of information as we plan for this new programming.