Early Childhood Education Workforce

Organizations working to improve conditions for the early childhood workforce need data to inform their decision-making. However, state government often has insufficient capacity to make sense of the data they collect, and organizations holding key data to complete the early childhood workforce picture are siloed. The Colorado Lab is partnering with the Colorado Department of Human Service’s Office of Early Childhood to improve their data utilization capacity and to routinely share meaningful metrics on the early childhood workforce that is so critical to the wellbeing of Colorado’s young children.

Fostering Opportunities

Jefferson County Public Schools and Jefferson County Human Services (Jeffco) are implementing a pilot program to ensure that youth who experience foster care have the educational supports and services to be successful in school.  Specialists take a trauma-informed and data-driven approach to strengthening students’ network of supports and ensuring continuity during school moves and placement changes. The Lab is partnering with Jeffco to document the program so that it is replicable in other counties and to evaluate its promise. Pay for Success financing is funding this project.

Boosting College and Career Success

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is tasked with distributing funds under the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) to high schools and postsecondary institutions– or their community partners– to increase the availability and accessibility of pre-collegiate and post-secondary student support services. The long-term goal of the COSI program is to increase postsecondary completion rates. The Colorado Lab is helping the program to better target its funds toward measurable goals.

Concurrent Enrollment for College Attainment

This project assesses evidence of promise for concurrent enrollment as a strategy for improving college attainment for all students in Colorado, with special attention to whether this strategy improves outcomes for students from low-income and minority families.

Student Re-Engagement Grant Program

The Colorado Lab is developing a research design to inform subsequent grantmaking by the Colorado Department of Education’s (CDE) Office of Dropout Prevention and Student Re-Engagement. The research design may include correlations between student outcomes, practices of the Colorado Graduation Pathways Project and the CDE Dropout Prevention Framework. It may consider examining patterns related to race/ethnicity and other status or alterable factors and defining dosage of services and/or interventions.