During this unprecedented time in early childhood in our state and nation, we are incredibly grateful for the contributions Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program leaders are making across the many opportunities, initiatives and change efforts in Colorado. Since 2007, over 250 individuals within 13 cohorts have engaged in transformational learning to advance equity, excellence and opportunity in partnership with communities of colleagues, children, families and policy makers. Currently we are seeing even greater challenges and new opportunities for deep and sustainable change across the early childhood landscape. Additionally, our field has been disrupted by a global pandemic and within CU Denver’s community, the loss of Dean Kantor has left a hole. 

In collaboration, BECLP partners at the Buell Foundation, Clayton Early Learning and CU Denver, have agreed to take a brief pause after Cohort 14 to engage in shared evaluation of the program’s influence on the field over the past 15 years. This time will also provide our partnership space to reflect on the successes of the past years of the program and consider future opportunities for the next phase of early childhood leadership development. Thus we will not open applications for the 2022-23 academic year at this time. We will share what we learn from this program evaluation and keep the community informed on our next steps. Please watch for updates on ways you may be involved and invited to participate in program learning opportunities during this pause.