Better Beginnings

Better Beginnings

Better Beginnings is a podcast exploring Colorado’s changing early childhood system. Season 1 followed one family’s harrowing search for childcare in a state that has some of the most expensive childcare and preschool rates in the nation. Season 2 will premiere in September 2023. It will explore how to navigate Colorado’s new universal pre-K system as well as several bold, new ballot measures and public-private partnerships that could improve it. Season 1 is available now. This serial-style, 4-episode podcast provides tips for finding childcare and preschool options in our existing early childhood system, explores how our system got so confounding, and explains how new legislation and technology is challenging the status quo. If Colorado can continue to innovate, it could mean dramatic improvements for kids, families and providers — and our early childhood system could become a model for the country.


April 23, 2022 30 secs

Colorado's early childhood system places unnecessary burdens on families looking to access quality childcare and preschool options. But one bill is about to change everything, and it could become a model for the country. Join us for this 4-episode podcast, beginning April 25, 2022, with new episodes released every Wednesday. We'll follow one family's search for childcare, give you tips on navigating our existing early childhood sys...

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How hard is it to find childcare and preschool in Colorado? Brooke Byrd has been advised to "start searching before you even know you're pregnant." In Episode 1 of our 4-part podcast, we'll meet the Byrds, and join their search for childcare. We'll also examine how our early childhood system got so wonky, what it means for you, and House Bill 22-1295, which aims to improve this system for kids, families and providers.

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Childcare & preschool providers have some of the hardest, most vital jobs in the U.S. In this episode, we'll tour one provider's facility. We'll explain options families have in the early childhood space & what to look for in a provider. We'll explore an ongoing overhaul of Colorado's early childhood system, which aims to improve experiences for families & providers. And we'll examine ugly truths about our current syste...

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If our early childhood care and education system offers a bad experience for all—families and providers included—why haven't lawmakers done more to fix it? Brooke asks Colorado State Sen. Brittany Pettersen that question, and Sen. Pettersen offers a frank assessment in this mom-to-expecting mom conversation. We explore a major roadblock Sen. Pettersen believes has impeded legislative progress, and several legislative solutions that...

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We'll wrap up our show by discussing a forthcoming technology platform aiming to simplify the process of finding, enrolling in and paying for childcare and preschool in Colorado. Simple, right? The only problem is that our early childhood system is incredibly complex, and efforts to simplify it have eluded us for at least 100 years. Despair not, though. There's hope. We'll also wrap up with the Byrd family. After months of searchin...

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