Your Local Early Childhood Council
Established by the state, we are a collaborative partnership made up of local early childhood and family oriented organizations dedicated to strengthening systems and resources to help children and families create better outcomes.
In 1999 the Early Childhood Partnership, now known as the Partnership for Children and Families, discussed an increase in child mortality rates in Mesa County and the spike in deaths related to child abuse. A community effort emerged to provide preventive and support services to families. The group formalized with a focus on serving pregnant women and children up to 5 years old.
Meanwhile, across Colorado people were recognizing a need to provide stronger support for children and families. PCF began receiving state funding in 2000 as part of the Consolidated Child Care Pilot Project.
In 2007, the Colorado General Assembly established early childhood councils, via legislation (HB 07-1026), to positively impact services for children and families by building an effective and responsive local early childhood system. Having applied for and received council status in that same year, PCF is one of over 30 ECCs across the state.
Moving the Needle
PCF provides support and leadership to the community through prevention, education, collaboration and advocacy. Current work includes:
- Serving as a child care resource and referral hub for parents and caregivers looking to find available childcare
- Hosting educational opportunities with some scholarship opportunities available for early childhood professionals
- Advocating for the health and well-being of children through local partnerships and awareness campaigns
- Reinforcing quality in child care settings through Colorado Shines coaching and technical support
- Increasing the number of available licensed childcare spots available through the Child Care 8,000 initiative, in partnership with Mesa County Public Health