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Support Colorado Collective for Nature-Based Education

Your gift helps expand opportunities for nature-based education throughout the state of Colorado. A gift of any size helps support our efforts. Consider becoming a monthly donor. Recurring monthly donations can be set up upon request.

Ways to Get Involved

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Working Groups

Within our organization, members choose which groups to participate in. With so many experts in the field, we are invested in working together to build resources, advocacy, trainings, curricula, and more. Join the collective to learn more.

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Child Care Licensing

We are part of a journey with state legislators, CDEC, and advocates across the state of Colorado to create the state's first Outdoor Nature-Based (ONB) license for Early Childhood Education programs. 

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Advocacy

CCNBEE is building awareness and community, and participating in the national movement for outdoor preschools in collaboration with other organizations. Colorado has the opportunity to partner other states in pioneering outdoor nature-based early education programs. Although every state will look a little different, organizations such as The Washington Nature Preschool Association (WaNPA) in Washington, and Outdoor Early Learning Alliance of Oregon (OELAO) in Oregon are models for the ways we can organize the work in our state. The Willamette Partnership has created The Outdoor Preschool Policy Action Framework "to support advocates across the nation in taking the actions necessary to ensure outdoor learning programs can be licensed, thereby increasing access to high-quality outdoor and nature-based learning and taking an important step in addressing issues of equity in education and the outdoors."

Continuing the work

Advocacy and systems work are an on-going process to continually learn from the people in our communities and make valuable change.  We at CCNBEE choose advocacy as a main part of our work, because we see the inequity families face and want to be an active part in progress.  It takes all of us!

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Policy Legislation

One way to influence change is via state legislature. This year we passed legislation so that there is a path toward licensure for full-day programs, and the support staff to champion the endeavor. We know that the Colorado General Assembly supports working families, the outdoors, and allowing parents and guardians to choose the education model that works best for their children.  We are excited for what this past Session accomplished because of many partnerships.  We continue to advocate for our families, our educators, and our communities, in this developing aspect of Colorado's ECE community.

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Workforce

We are developing program support that Collective members are asking for! Currently, our Communities of Practice, Coaching sessions, working groups developing training and curriculums, as well as peer-to-peer site visit trainings are all in the works! Interested in our workforce support?

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