Better Beginnings Podcast



Struggling to find or create quality childcare & preschool programs in Colorado? You’re not alone. And there’s hope.

Better Beginnings is is a podcast on how families and preschool providers are navigating Colorado’s evolving early childhood system. More importantly, the show is searching for an answer to this question: How do we create a childcare and preschool system that better serves all Coloradans?

In the 2023 election season, we believe Proposition ii and Denver Question 2P can help us do just that by improving UPK and extending the Denver Preschool Program. Listen to our special Colorado Voter Guide episode to find out how.

The first season of the podcast, which is available now, is grounded in the story of the Byrd family. Their brave search for childcare in a state with some of the most expensive, hardest-to-find childcare and preschool slots in the country underscores the deep need to reimagine Colorado’s early childhood system.

Along the way, speaking with experts in the field, Season 1 provides tips for finding quality childcare and preschool options in our existing early childhood system. It also explores how this system got so confounding in the first place and a growing movement to challenge the status quo. That movement has since been featured on the hit national podcast, “No One is Coming to Save Us”.

If Colorado can continue to collaborate and innovate, it could mean dramatic improvements for kids, families and providers — and our early childhood system could become a model for the country.


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Special Thanks

Gary Community Ventures is structured as three distinct entities, which allows us to combine the power of business, policy and philanthropy in our work. Gary Advocacy is one of those entities and a financial supporter of Proposition ii and Denver Question 2P, proudly standing alongside broad coalitions of partners in doing so.

Special thanks is also due to the following organizations and individuals for their work in supporting this podcast:

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