In the early days of the pandemic, many child care centers and other educational institutions temporarily shut down, while essential workers, particularly in the health care industry, desperately needed care for their own children. Countless early childhood educators lost their jobs in the closures, yet centers that remained open to care for the children of essential workers faced significant staff shortages. But how to fill these diverse and dispersed needs, especially during a public health crisis?
The Colorado Lab’s mission is improving the lives of Colorado residents by partnering with state and local governments to strengthen coordinated and efficient person-centered services.
We believe that smart, strategic partnerships with government have the potential to improve people’s lives.
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So we listen to our state and local government partners to understand the most pressing challenges they face.
Then, we activate the research community to work with those partners to generate insights.
Together, we take a 360-degree view of problems, focusing on the needs of the whole person.
When we do this, we create powerful partnerships that drive change, improving the lives of Colorado residents.
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As the nation celebrates the class of 2020 and the resilience of graduates during a worldwide pandemic, it can be easy to forget that some students face huge challenges to high school graduation even in “normal” times. Living in foster care can make school feel like a perpetual marathon. In Jefferson County, a program called Fostering Opportunities helps them cross the finish line.
The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, in collaboration with Colorado Governor Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Department of Corrections, is proud to co-host the Colorado Criminal Justice Forum.