Project Abstract

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) at the Colorado Department of Human Services received a $119 million increase in Child Care and Development Fund grant funding authorized through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in order to help states support the recovery and growth of the child care industry. Additionally, the OEC received over $280 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds to fund additional recovery efforts for the child care industry. CDHS’ spending priorities focus on strengthening and expanding the early childhood sector in Colorado, to ensure all children have access to high quality child care.

OEC is partnering with the Colorado Lab to support evaluation planning of the stimulus-funded activities so the best possible evaluation strategies are pursued, including performance metrics, a theory of change, and recommended evaluation strategies best suited for stimulus-funded activities. The Colorado Lab will bring in key research and evaluation experts from across Colorado universities and research organizations to engage in this planning effort.

Agencies: 

Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood

Research Partners: 

University of Denver, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab