Public Notice Information

  • Public Comment: Substitute Placement Agencies

    The recent passing of Senate Bill 18-162 Concerning Substitute Child Care Providers, resulted in a new license for substitute placement agencies that either place or facilitate the placement of substitute child care providers in licensed child care facilities providing less than 24-hour care.

    The bill requires the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to establish rules for substitute child care providers and substitute placement agencies, including a requirement that substitute child care providers submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history records check and a review of records of child abuse and neglect maintained by the department.

    Additionally, the bill allows CDHS to collect a fee for licensing substitute placement agencies.


    Over the last three years, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood (OEC) worked with early childhood experts and a federal technical assistance specialist to learn about current needs and challenges for staffing early care and learning programs. Through this process, stakeholders shared their expertise, experience, insights and opinions on two design elements: substitute placement agencies and substitute teacher/director qualifications. 

    Due to new federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act requirements, staff are not able to work with children until all background checks have been completed. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation flagging system links staff background checks to child care facilities, not individuals, requiring substitute staff to have their background check information linked to a single entity that is responsible for their hiring, training and monitoring. To accomplish this, CDHS needed to create a new licensing type in state statute.

    Next Steps

    You are invited to review the proposed rules regulating substitute placement agencies, and to submit questions or comments regarding the draft rules by completing this form.

    Review common questions and answers about the rules.

    Public comment will close on Monday, August 13.

    Please note that rules regarding Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes and School-age Child Care Centers will be updated to include the responsibilities of a child care facility using a substitute from a licensed substitute placement agency. The OEC will post the proposed changes for public comment once draft rules are available.  

  • CLOSED: Proposed Changes to Colorado School Readiness Quality Improvement Program

    Public comment closed on June 21, 2018.

    With the recent passing of SB18-09 Concerning the Alignment of Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs with the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood is proposing changes to the  Colorado Code of Regulation for the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program. The purpose of the program is to improve school readiness of children five (5) years of age or younger, who receive care at early childhood education programs pursuant to Section 26-6-106, C.R.S. 

    Rule, at a minimum, must identify a specific and measurable level of improvement in the Colorado Shines System that an early childhood education program must achieve within the Colorado Shines rating cycle in order to continue to receive school-readiness quality improvement funding as well as eligibility criteria for continued participation in the program. 

    Additionally, the proposed rules:

    • Specify the procedure by which an early childhood council may apply for school readiness funding to the programs;
    • Specify the manner in which school-readiness quality improvement is distributed to early childhood councils, ensuring equitable distribution between rural and urban communities;
    • Identify any additional eligibility requirements for early childhood councils seeking school readiness quality improvement funding; and, 
    • Define children five years of age or younger with risk factors associated with not being school ready to ensure, where eligible, an early childhood education program serving this populations is prioritized for funding.


  • CLOSED: Draft Pre-Print Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for FFY 2019-2021

    The DRAFT Pre-Print Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan for Colorado is available for review and comment. The public comment period closed on June 11, 2018.

    This Plan describes the Child Care and Development Fund program to be administered by Colorado from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2021. View the draft Plan here. 

     The Division of Early Care and Learning expects the draft Plan to change to in response to 1) updated Plan templates shared by the federal government and 2) new Colorado statutes impacting the administration of the child care assistance program. Visit this page to view subsequent versions of the draft Plan for review and comment. 

    The following is a recording of the May 17, 2018 public hearing held via webinar.

The Office of Early Childhood is committed to informing partners, communities and families of changes in rules, regulations or statewide implementation plans. Opportunities to review and comment will be shared here.​

Visit the State Board of Human Services website for meeting information, agendas, rules packages and ways to participate. ​

Questions? Contact the Office of Early Childhood:

Phone: 1-800-799-5876
Fax: 303-866-4453