The Early Childhood Colorado Partnership’s annual Action Map highlights the areas of focus for the network each year. The network identifies priorities based on ongoing work and an annual review of opportunities and its shared data agenda. The Action Map aligns with the Early Childhood Colorado Framework and the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grant, which provides funding for the network’s efforts.

2016-2017 Strategies and Actions

Based on the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership’s (ECCP) commitment to continuous quality improvement through a Results Based Accountability (RBA) Framework, strategies and actions developed by the steering committee and Action Teams then shared with the full network. For each of the ECCP’s four priority areas and Action Teams (communication, data, policy and systems) and for the steering committee, headline performance measures are developed, and strategies and actions are prioritized based on the shared results above. Data is used to track the progress of performance measures and strategies throughout the year to measure progress toward the purpose for each priority area.

Results

Children

reach their developmental potential and are ready to succeed in school and in life.

Adults

are knowledgeable, responsible, and interact effectively with and on behalf of children.

Environments

that impact children are safe, stable and supportive.

Localities and the State

attain economic and social benefits by prioritizing children and families.

Priority Areas

Purpose

Support early childhood stakeholders across the state to speak from a collective voice, engage more audiences and mobilize action to promote resilience in young children.

Headline Performance Indicators

# partners participating in at least one Frames training

# partners integrating shared messaging into their work

Strategies and Actions:

  • Communicate the value of shared messaging to the ECCP network and beyond
    • Develop action plan for outreach by September 2016
    • Implement action plan by December 2016
  • Engage in statewide outreach around the Shared Message Bank and Frames Trainings through 2017
  • Provide technical assistance and support to partners integrating the Shared Message bank into their work through 2017
  • Integrate shared messaging into framing policy priorities based on community values
    • Utilize ECCP policy priority areas to develop and align with shared messaging through 2017

Purpose

Identify and monitor early childhood indicators to make data driven decisions.

Headline Performance Indicators

# partners completing shared measurement survey quarterly

# partners integrating ECCP data agenda into efforts

Strategies and Actions:

  • ECCP Data Agenda reflects Early Childhood Colorado Framework by May 2016
  • Integrate ECCP Data Agenda with other early childhood data systems and across state agencies
  • Connect and align data with Early Childhood Shared Messaging efforts

Purpose

Provide a broad network of early childhood stakeholders to partner, support, and share expertise in improving early childhood policies in Colorado.

Headline Performance Indicators

% partners who engaged in advocacy efforts related to ECCP policy priorities

% partners who indicated an increased understanding of policy issues related to ECCP policy priorities

Strategies and Actions:

  • Identify ways and criteria for the ECCP to support partners to advocate and increase awareness of policy issues related to priority areas by Fall 2016
    • Identify policy priority areas for the ECCP by Fall 2016
  • Identify ways and criteria for the ECCP to suport partners to advocate and increase awareness of policy issues related to the Early Childhood Colorado Framework by Fall 2016
  • Encourage partners to complete HealthLinks Family Friendly workplace assessment through 2017

Purpose

Provide strategic leadership and stewardship through building key relationships and monitoring the ongoing process of the Partnership.

Headline Performance Indicators

# of contacts with the ECLC that produce a needed outcome

Strategies and Actions:

  • Communicate the value of the ECCP to targeted audiences by December 2016
    • Define the role of the ECCP Fall 2016
  • Review the purpose and composition of full ECCP meetings to inform ECCP priorities by October 2016
  • Engage new partners (specifically families, affordable housing, & faith-based)
    • Solicit input from each Action Team on prioritized partners and needs by September 2016
    • Develop a plan for targeted outreach by December 2016
  • Develop an action plan that includes how we will align with decision makers and state systems partners by February 2017
    • Develop and define the connection in the EC systems landscape and clarify the role and purpose and connect for ECEP
    • Identification of alignment between ECCP data needs with other state leadership partners including ECLC by December 2016
    • Connect with data / shared measurement

Purpose

Identify areas of alignment and appropriate leads for early childhood systems efforts in the areas of policy, communications, data, and partnership building.

Headline Performance Indicators

# strategies and actions shared by at least two partners

Strategies and Actions:

  • Identify opportunities for EC Systems Action Team to partner with local and regional communities / programs / initiatives
  • Prioritize decision maker engagement and involvement
    • Identify concrete ways and approaches to engage with decision makers
  • Build awareness of strong environments in all places and spaces where families and children spend time
    • Prioritize increased understanding of foundational places like housing and safe communities
  • Realize the value of connections through mutually reinforced activities