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Happy October, COAEYC Members! You might have noticed a familiar look to this email... your Monthly Membership Newsletter and the Monthly Advocacy and Policy Newsletter have merged! We hope that you enjoy this streamlined newsletter.
In this issue you will find: a Strolling Thunder Re-Cap and information on the Colorado FAMLI Act, a quick survey on Universal Preschool, links to a few early childhood related news stories, and dates for upcoming events such as the 50th Anniversary Listening Tour, Election Day, NAEYC's Annual Conference, and NAEYC's Public Policy Forum.

Since children, families, and early learning issues are front-and-center right now, we would like to remind you to update your voter registration, especially if you have moved recently. You can check and update your Colorado voter registration on the Colorado Secretary of State website.

Strolling Thunder was a success!

Families and early childhood organizations marching to remind Colorado to THINK BABIES! Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin                                           (Photo Credit: Scott Dressel-Martin)

On September 21st, families, early childhood advocates, and other early childhood organizations (such as the COAEYC Board) marched on the Denver Capitol to raise awareness for the challenges that families of young children face in Colorado. This march was part of a nationwide campaign to remind lawmakers to "Think Babies" when making decisions.

COAEYC Past Chair Akane Orlandella Ogren speaking at Strolling Thunder, September 21st, 2019 photo by Aaron LeavyWe were happy to hear COAEYC's own Past-Chair, Akane Orlandella Ogren, speak about her personal experience as a single mother looking for affordable and accesible quality early care programs for her children so that she could return to school (Spoiler Alert: She earned a BA and a MA!).

(Photo credit: Aaron Leavy)

We also marched in support of the Colorado FAMLI Act (SB 188) - a family and medical leave bill. FAMLI would create a family and medical leave insurance program to provide partial wage replacement benefits to eligible participants who take time off work:

  • to care for a new child or a family member who has a serious illness
  • because the individual has a serious illness
  • because the individual or a family member is the victim of abuse
  • to address needs that arise from a family member's active duty service (such as deployment)

You can read more about FAMLI at and read the full bill here.

Tell us what you think about Universal Pre-K!

Since Colorado has launched universal kindergarten and has committed to expand Colorado's Preschool Program to accommodate the estimated 8,200 CPP-eligible children who were not being served due to a lack of funding (Schimke, 2019), it's time to examine another item on Gov. Jared Pollis' early learning goals - Universal Pre-K. 

As ideas, language, and policies around this potential program are created, we want to get your feedback. We invite you to take this short (less than five minutes!) survey and tell us what is important to you in a universal preschool program. 

Click here to take the survey.



COAEYC Listening Tour

We have three more dates of our 50th Anniversary Listening Tour! Please join us for refreshments and give us feedback on the early childhood challenges and successes in your unique community. Your experience and perspective is so valuable to us!
  • 10/12: Durango, 1:15PM @ Fort Lewis College REGISTER
  • 11/16: Colorado Springs, 9:00AM @ Family of Christ Lutheran Church REGISTER
  • 12/14: Denver, 9:00AM @ Denver Public Library REGISTER

CU Denver Education Policy Networking Series presents Families at the Border/Families in Colorado: The Impact of Disruption and Trauma and the Role of Schools - October 28th, 2019

When: October 28th, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Terrace Room, 1380 Lawrence St, Denver 

Join panelists from CU Denver's School of Public Affairs and School of Education & Human Development Education for a discussion on the impact of disruption and trauma on families at the Mexico border and how that news impacts children and families in Denver. 

"Children and families in Denver are highly impacted by the news from the border. Their trauma is compounded by the ICE raids to find and deport undocumented immigrants living here. What is our role as educators in providing support and comfort to children and families? Can schools serve as a safe place for children in such a turbulent time?"

Appetizers and refreshments will be served. You can RSVP by visiting this link. For questions about this event, please contact

Colorado Election Day - November 5th, 2019

Statewide Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th. We encourage you to look over Prop CC - an initiative on the ballot that asks Colorado voters if the state can keep revenue it collects over its existing revenue limit (that it usually returns to voters) and spend those funds on public schools, higher education, roads, bridges, and transit. Please also check your local ballot information guide to see what education roles are up for election in your district.

Save the Children Action Network's Colorado State Advocacy Summit - November 16th, 2019

When: November 16th, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO

From SCAN's website: "The Colorado State Advocacy Summit will include dynamic panel discussions, advocacy trainings and planning for the 2020 state legislative session. This is an opportunity to develop your advocacy and community organizing skills, connect with fellow activists and make a difference for kids in our state."

You can still RSVP for this event by October 26th, 2019 by visiting this link. For questions about this event, please contact Annalise Romoser at .

2020 Public Policy Forum - February 2020

The NAEYC Public Policy Forum is a member-only function where early childhood professionals discuss the challenges in early childhood education, strengthen relationships with policymakers, learn and advance advocacy skills, and build networks. This event will be held February 23-25th in Arlington, VA.

We are so proud to be part of a team of Colorado-based early childhood organizations, including Clayton Early Learning and the Colorado Children's Campaign, attending the 2020 Public Policy Forum! Are you interested in sharpening your advocacy skills and being a part of the effort to advance policies that benefit children, families, and early education? We would love to see you there!

From the NAEYC Website:

As a Public Policy Forum participant, NAEYC members have the opportunity to:
  • Be part of a powerful team working to advance federal and state early childhood policy
  • Hear from and network with national and state policy leaders and fellow advocates
  • Get the resources and experiences they need to be an informed and effective advocate
  • Meet with members of Congress and build relationships with their staff and teams
If you are interested in attending or learning more about this advocacy event, click here

NAEYC Annual Conference - November 2020

This year's annual conference will take place in Nashville, TN from November 20-23rd! Join early childhood educators from across the nation in Music City for workshops, presentations, and special music events! Participants can earn CEUs or university credits for attending this event. For information on presenters, workshops, lodging, and registration, please click here


Keeping up with the news can be hard when you're busy! Here are a few recent statewide and national articles about early childhood:
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