Public Notice Information
Public Comment: Proposed Changes to Colorado School Readiness Quality Improvement Program
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.
View the proposed rule changes. Comment on the rule change.
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.The following is a recording of the May 17, 2018 public hearing held via webinar.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: 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.
CLOSED: Proposed Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Rules
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Early Care and Learning, is proposing changes to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) rules (3.900). Any changes approved by the State Board of Human Services will go into effect on September 30, 2018.
Public comment closed on Monday, May 7. The first reading by the State Board of Human Services will take place on July 6, 2018.
View the proposed rule changes here (updated on 4/30/2018 to reflect public comment received). Please note that the rules may be updated to align with pending Colorado legislation regarding the CCCAP program
CLOSED: Rule Revision for Background Checks for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Early Care and Learning is proposing a rule revision to align background check requirements for Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes and Qualified Exempt Providers with Federal Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Regulations. These regulations are required to be in effect by September 30, 2018.
The public comment period closed May 21, 2018. The first reading by the State Board of Human Services will take place on July 6, 2018.
The proposed rule revisions are in response to the need to meet requirements of the Federal Child Care and Development Fund, to align background check requirements.
Review the proposed rules.
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.
Questions? Contact the Office of Early Childhood: