Clayton Early Learning Awarded $6.2M for Expanded Programming

DENVER - March 19 - Clayton Early Learning, a leader in early childhood education, research and training, is expanding its reach across the state and strengthening collaborations with the approval of a $6.2-million federal Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant to provide additional infant and toddler services through 2019.

The grant is part of significant new early childhood development funding announced by President Obama at the first White House Summit on Early Childhood Education in December 2014. Awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, grants were given to just four organizations in Colorado. Through the funding awarded this month, Clayton Early Learning will help build and expand programs throughout Colorado that will impact 82 underserved infants and toddlers through high-quality, comprehensive services. The new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program will serve 36 children in the San Luis Valley, 24 children in Denver County, 12 children in Boulder County and 10 in Eagle County.

Clayton Early Learning will serve as the project manager, fiscal agent and partnership convener for the program and will be in direct contact with partner sites in Boulder County (TLC Early Learning Center) and Denver County (16 spaces at Florence Crittenton and eight spaces in priority zip code 80216) to serve eligible children.

To enable smaller counties with great needs to benefit from this grant opportunity, Clayton is working with two current EHS grantees - the Eagle County Department of Health and Human Services and the Early Childhood Council of San Luis Valley - to expand services in existing child care partner sites and mentor new partner sites in those regions, assisting them in meeting all Early Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Over the first 18 months of the program, Clayton will receive $2 million, with $1.4 million to follow annually for the next three years, through 2019.

"The Early Head Start spaces available in Colorado are only able to serve 3 percent of eligible children," says Clayton Early Learning President and CEO Charlotte Brantley. "This grant allows us to expand the high quality infant and toddler care for which we are known to rural and rural resort counties through long-standing partnerships in Eagle County and the San Luis Valley. We are also able to extend services to children in Boulder County and in Denver County, with a particular focus on teen parents and the underserved communities of Swansea and Globeville."

Clayton is further expanding its statewide reach by providing technical assistance to Early Learning Ventures as it rolls out another of the four new Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grants awarded in Colorado. ELV will serve children in communities on the Western Slope and in the Front Range.

Contact Clayton Early Learning President and CEO, Charlotte Brantley, directly at (303) 398-8578 or cbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org

About Clayton Early Learning

Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalys in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities.  We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives-- classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy-- to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities.