Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission

Five new appointments and a reappointment to the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission are, top row from left, 

Heather J. O’Hayre, Jake Williams, Jasmin Ramirez, (second row from left) Leslie Nichols, Lucinda Burns and Jeanne McQueeney.


Gov. Jared Polis appointed five Colorado leaders to his Early Childhood Leadership Commission, the state Department of Human Services announced Tuesday.

The commissioners are:

  • Heather J. O’Hayre (Fort Collins), director of the Larimer County Department of Human Services
  • Jake Williams (Lafayette), executive director of Healthier Colorado
  • Jasmin Ramirez (Glenwood Springs), parent representative and school board member for the Roaring Fork School District
  • Leslie Nichols (Gunnison), superintendent of the Gunnison Watershed School District
  • Lucinda Burns (Dillon), executive director of Early Childhood Options

Polis re-appointed Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney to another three-year term.

“I am thrilled that the Early Childhood Leadership Commission is leading the work to develop successful universal preschool,” Polis said in a statement. “High-quality early childhood education is the foundation for helping children thrive, eliminating racial and economic disparities in achievement, and ensuring we have a strong economy. Together, we can ensure that Colorado remains the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

The ECLC provides expertise and guidance to policymakers to improve outcomes for pregnant women, children from birth to 8 years old and their families by advancing the aligning, coordinating and ensuring efficiency in related programs.

The 21-member commission was created by the legislature in 2013.

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