In 2011, the Finance and Economic Development Committee of the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) began with a question,
“How much funding is available for early childhood supports and services in Colorado?” To answer this question, the ECLC launched the Colorado
Early Investment Model project.
Developed through partnerships with public and private data experts, content reviewers, and beta testers, the Colorado Early Investment Model
is a free, transparent, publically available tool that provides program enrollment and cost data. More so, the model allows users to change
access and quality in programs to understand the connections between enrollment, cost, quality, and return on investment.
By incorporating State and Federally funded programs that serve high-risk children, the model not only focuses on populations with the most need
but also areas where investment may have the greatest impact. This allows Colorado to strategically invest in improved outcomes
for children and supports for families.