Boards, Commissions, Committees
Advisory Committee on Child Care Licensing (LAC)
The Advisory Committee on Child Care Licensing (LAC) advises and consults with the Office of Early Childhood on the administration and enforcement of the Child Care Licensing Act. With children’s best interests in mind, the Committee contributes to the formation, modification and implementation of child care policy in Colorado.
The Committee was created under C.R.S. 26-6-109 to proactively communicate concerns, input, ideas and suggestions with the Office to enhance, improve, modify and adapt licensing procedures, policies, rules and statutes to support improvements to the health, safety and quality of licensed child care facilities and agencies serving Colorado’s children.
The Committee consists of nine members representing the various types of facilities licensed under the provisions of the Child Care Licensing Act. Four members represent state and local governmental agencies with an interest in and concern for children, and two members at large are parents, each having at least one child attending a facility licensed or certified at the time of the member’s appointment. The Governor appoints board members for terms of three years.
View current membership. Child care providers may contact the member representing their license type to present their concerns or suggestions to the Committee.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and hosted at the Colorado Department of Human Services (1575 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203).
Program Assistant, Child Care Licensing and Administration
Less than 24-Hour Child Care Licensing Appeals and Waiver Review Panel
The Office of Early Childhood hosts a panel of experts in health, human services, education and youth corrections to review appeal or waiver requests and to make recommendations to the Division of Early Care and Learning. The panel meets monthly.
Learn more about the waiver and appeals process.
Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board
The Colorado Children's Trust Fund (CCTF) exists to prevent the abuse and neglect of Colorado’s children.
The CCTF, established in statute in 1989, exists to prevent the abuse and neglect of Colorado’s children. The CCTF is governed by a nine-person advisory board of directors with unique backgrounds to support and guide the work supported by the trust fund dollars.
- Enhance communities' capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect by allocating CCTF funds annually for primary and secondary child abuse and neglect prevention programs to community-based organizations with special emphasis on preventing child sexual abuse and substance exposure in newborns.
- Increase the number of parents/caregivers who are educated to support healthy development in their children.
- Support public education that increases knowledge and understanding of child abuse and neglect prevention and/or positive parenting skills that ensures the health, safety and well-being of children; provides information on prevention programs; and raises awareness of protective factors in families and communities.
- Promote the exchange of information on prevention programs.
- Monitor funded programs and support program evaluation activities.
- Increase financial resources for the CCTF to advance its mission.
- Ensure sustainability of effective child abuse and neglect prevention programs in local communities.
- Improve prevention planning, and internal management processes and systems of the CCTF.
In 2015-2016, CCTF expanded its work to prevent child sexual abuse by:
- Supporting an environmental scan to assess current efforts and needs at the community level to protect children.
- Supporting the training of facilitators to teach workshops across the state on preventing child sexual abuse. As a result 49 professionals were authorized to teach the Stewards of Children training and 25 professionals were trained to facilitate the Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development workshop. These two networks of trainers will receive on going assistance as they offer trainings in their local communities.
- Supporting 492 early childhood professionals in attending the Stewards of Children training.
- Supporting the creation of a child sexual abuse prevention coalition of 60+ organizations across Colorado that want to share best practices and collaborate on strategies.
In 2016-2017, the Colorado Children's Trust will expand its work to prevent child sexual abuse by:
Releasing solicitations to support authorized facilitators in offering local trainings across the state in two curricula - Stewards of Children and Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development - to prevent child sexual abuse.
Child Maltreatment Prevention Director
Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council
The Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) is mandated by federal law and is appointed by the governor to advise and assist the lead agency to implement the requirements of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The CICC is a governor appointed body that meets quarterly. Every meeting has a time for public comment when visitors can address the CICC about any relevant topic or concern. Below is a list of the upcoming Council meetings. All CICC meetings and records are open to the public.
Early Childhood Leadership Commission
The Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) ensures and advances a comprehensive service delivery system for pregnant women and children from birth to eight years of age. The ECLC uses data to improve decision-making, alignment and coordination among federally funded and state-funded services and programs for pregnant women and young children and their families.
Prevention Steering Committee
Governor John Hickenlooper’s Child Welfare Plan, “Keeping Kids Safe and Families Healthy” appropriated funds to enhance prevention services for families at risk of entering the child welfare system. Voting members and non-voting members of the Prevention Steering Committee meet to discuss two programs funded through the Master Plan; SafeCare Colorado and Colorado Community Response. Each of these programs addresses the overall goal of prevention of child abuse and neglect. In 2016, the Prevention Steering Committee, in an effort to align efforts, agreed to hold joint meetings with the Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board.
Early Childhood Sub-PAC
The Colorado Department of Human Services Policy Advisory Committee (PAC), composed of state and county representatives, develops and addresses human services policies through collaboration, cooperation and effective communication on a statewide basis to improve the process of delivery of services for children, families, and adults across the state of Colorado.
The PAC consists of several subcommittees including the Early Childhood Sub-PAC. The Sub-PAC meets monthly, on the first Thursday of each month. Details may be found on the calendar.