The Colorado legislature had a productive session that spotlighted the importance of early childhood education this year. The state has approximately 2,623 children under the age of three enrolled in Early Head Start, and about 21 percent of 4-year-olds and 7 percent of 3-year-olds currently have access to state-funded pre-K. However, lawmakers and advocates realize that isn’t good enough. Additionally, the average annual cost of center-based infant care in the state is $12,736. While a Race to the Top Early Learning grant will jumpstart a number of early learning initiatives over the next few years, support for expanding opportunities for low-income children and families continues.