Senate Bill 19-063: Concerning a Strategic Action Plan to Address Infant and Family Child Care Home Shortages in Colorado

Background

Since 2010, Colorado has seen a decline of 1582 family child care homes (FCCH) and a resultant decline in more than 7300 licensed infant slots. These trends are concerning. The availability of safe, quality, licensed infant care is critical for working Colorado families. Additionally, family child care homes play an important role in our early childhood care and education system, offering families a smaller environment; the accommodation of nontraditional hours; and convenient, available licensed care where centers do not exist. In response to these trends, Senate Bill 19-063 requires the Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) and various stakeholders, to study the reasons for the declining availability of family child care homes and infant child care. Following this study, a Strategic Action Plan with recommendations to address the shortages is to be drafted and submitted to the legislature by December 1, 2019.

Toolkit

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) are gathering stakeholder input on: 1) the reasons for the decline in family child care homes and infant care, and 2) possible recommendations to be included in the Strategic Action Plan. To ensure geographic diversity in that feedback, Raise Colorado, the OEC and the ECLC have created a toolkit that organizations across Colorado can utilize to host a local conversation about Senate Bill 19-063. (Please note that any feedback generated from local events must be submitted using this feedback form by Monday, September 16th, or it will not be considered). In addition to information on hosting an event, the toolkit also includes a direct link to the text of the legislation, more information about the issues, and the Office of Early Childhood’s process for implementing the legislation. We hope you find it useful whether you are hosting an event or just curious to learn more about the bill!

Check out the toolkit here!

Separate Toolkit Documents:

Application for Funding

Thanks to support from the National Governors Association (NGA), which awarded a Prenatal to Age Three grant to the Office of Governor Jared Polis to support the development and implementation of policies to integrate and advance services for children prenatal to age 3 in Colorado, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) are able to offer a limited amount of funding available to reimburse up to $500 for expenses related to hosting a local SB63 discussion, including meeting space, food, stipends, translation, child care, or other event expenses.  

Please review the application criteria and submit your application no later than September 9, 2019.