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Clayton Early Learning provides national leadership to advance the field of early childhood education by researching, implementing and disseminating innovative teaching models and research-based, quality practices. We expand equitable access to high quality care and education through research and evaluation, partnerships with families, teacher preparation and coaching services, and effective early education policy.

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Clayton Early Learning and CO Children's Campaign Lead State Level Efforts to Support ZERO TO THREE's Think Babies™ Campaign

Our partner ZERO TO THREE wants you and your baby to join hem at Strolling Thunder on May 8 to share your story with Members of Congress. As part of their Think Babies campaign, ZERO TO THREE is bringing babies and families from all 50 states to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected leaders face-to-face and share their story about why Congress must #ThinkBabies. ZERO TO THREE will cover all travel costs for a parent, their children under age three and an adult travel companion to assist with child care. They will also provide guidance, training and support to families before and during their trip.

There is no experience necessary, but ZERO TO THREE would like participants to see themselves as advocates - whether that means speaking up for their child's needs, or contacting an elected official about an issue. They'd also like families to be willing to spend a small amount of time in the weeks leading up to the trip preparing for their meetings. Each family will visit their Senators, as well as their Representative. ZERO TO THREE will select one family from each state to participate and will give priority to registrants from Representative DeGette and Representative Coffman's district, as these Colorado Representatives sit on key committees of jurisdiction for early childhood issues.
If you are interested in traveling to Washington, DC with your baby or toddler to meet Members of Congress and tell your story, please fill out the ZERO TO THREE Interest Form no later than Friday, February 23. ZERO TO THREE will follow up with everyone who has expressed interest by late March to let them know if they have been selected. If you have any questions about this amazing opportunity, please contact Amanda Perez at

After lengthy deliberation, Congress has ensured that over 90,000 children and pregnant women in Colorado will continue to receive health care through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The Clayton Research & Evaluation Team has been hard at work collecting student data and classroom observations for the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more about what they've already collected, how data is used and what's next for the team this year.

New and emerging advocates are invited to Join Children's Hospital Colorado, Clayton Early Learning and Colorado Children's Campaign at Speak Up For Kids on March 14. Attendees will learn about upcoming bills and policies that affect children and families, as well as strategies for effectively impacting positive change.

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  • 1,500+ Assessments
    1,500+ Assessments

    that measure child development are administered by Clayton each year

  • 20,724 hours
    20,724 hours

    of professional development are conducted through Clayton annually

  • 850+ Children
    850+ Children

    receive direct services through Clayton programs each year

  • 115 Percent
    115 Percent

    increase in state funding for childcare achieved through advocacy