A branch of CDE, the Division of Capital Construction has developed a series of programs and resources for capital construction funding and technical assistance for school districts, traditional public schools, charter schools, BOCES, and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.
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This video provides a short overview of the history of the BEST program. It demonstrates how BEST is affecting positive educational change through capital construction to help realize CDE's goal that "all students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in a global society, in the workforce, and in life."
Opportunities and Announcements
The 2014-15 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators application is now open. For more information, visit our Greening Colorado Schools page.
Register today for the Green Schools Summit conference on November 6th at the Arvada Center. The Green Schools Summit provides a unique opportunity for open dialogue between K-12 stakeholders, policy makers, and green building industry professionals. This year’s theme is Schools in Balance and the keynotes feature Heather Tallis, Acting Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy and author of the study, “Naturally Smarter Schools: The Connection Between Nature Views and Elementary School Student Test Scores,” and Greg Dekker, Director of Workplace Strategy at Teknion. Get inspired to green ALL schools in Colorado within this generation at this year’s Green Schools Summit.
May 2015 marked the first grant cycle in which marijuana excise tax revenues were used to fund capital construction projects around our state. Find out more about the revenue sources funding the BEST Assistance Fund here.
Impact of the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant Program
The BEST program is helping to significantly and postively impact students and communities throughout Colorado by assisting them with their capital construction needs.
Since 2008, the BEST program has:
- Helped over 149,300 students in 381 school facilities throughout 124 school districts
- Funded 261 public school grants for a total of $1,245,692,543
- Helped create and support over 19,586 jobs