Provider Updates…Made EASY!

Licensed providers… To keep your information up-to-date in the State database, you can now update your site information when it’s most convenient for you.

Open the file above and save form to your computer. Fill out the form and return to us by email, fax, or mail. Your response to the survey removes you from your Early Childhood Council’s semi-annual call list and ensures you receive important notices and information from the State.

Professional Development Monthly Newsletter

NEW! Alliance for Kids Resource Lending Library!

We are excited to announce an all new Resource Lending Library! Offered by your Early Childhood Council, this resource allows you to check out resources, including books, kits and videos, to help you grow as an Early Childhood Professional. Resource List | May 2018 (We have a couple of new sample curricula called Funshine Express and The Learning Box Preschool. Stop by and have a look!)



Behavior Supports – Early Childhood Specialists

Early Childhood Specialists (ECS) are available to assist Early Care and Education (ECE) sites and professionals caring for children ages 0-8 who are showing disruptive behaviors in a child care center, family child care home, preschool or kindergarten setting within El Paso, Teller and Park counties. Specialists trained in development and behavior assessment will help providers and parents in planning and implementing interventions for  children to succeed.

FREE ECS Referral Line: 719.577.9190

Colorado Office of Early Childhood | Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional Development

By helping children to learn social and emotional skills, you can build stronger relationships with children and families. You can also reduce challenging behavior in children that you work with.

Our resources are intended to:

  • Educate professionals about social-emotional development and early childhood mental health
  • Offer tips on how to support healthy social-emotional development in early childhood programs
  • Support communication and outreach to families

Visit their website.

Webinar Recording: Improving Safe Sleep Conversations:
Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits

Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA  • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.

Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images

Do all of your organization’s resources have images that model safe infant sleep practices and breastfeeding? To reduce the risk of death, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidelines for safe sleep environments. These guidelines recommend that media, companies, and other organizations follow safe sleep guidelines in their messaging and advertising. The AAP, in making this recommendation, cited research on the impact of media exposures, advertising and store displays on individual behavior by influencing beliefs and attitudes and its concern that images portraying unsafe sleep practices may create misinformation among parents and other infant caregivers thus putting infants at risk.

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University released the resource, Modeling Safe Practices: A Checklist for Infant Sleep & Breastfeeding Images. Use this checklist to ensure the images you use model safe behavior.

Resources for Providers regarding school shootings and violence:

Child Trends Article
Talking to Children about Violence – from National Association of Psychologists

Child Abuse Resources

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Toolkit
This online toolkit provides informational materials  and resources about prevention of child abuse and neglect. We greatly appreciate the public’s help in using these materials to continue to work together to build thriving communities that support healthy kids and strong families.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline – 1.800.264.5437 (CO-4-KIDS)

Are you a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect?
The Colorado Department of Human Services has created a web-based training for mandatory reporters of child abuse and neglect. Click here to take the free online training.

Licensed Child Care Providers… Don’t get caught off guard if an EMERGENCY arises!

To access the State Disaster Plan and be prepared, click here.

Guidance and sample forms are a
great resource to consolidate important information for your site.

The FEMA Emergency Management Institute offers a great online course:
IS-36: Multi-Hazard Planning for Childcare

There are five sessions to the course and you must allow time to complete the entire course – closing out will require you to begin a session again.

Session 1: 2 hours
Session 2: 30 minutes
Session 3: 40 minutes
Session 4: 20 minutes
Session 5: 10 minutes

There is final exam that will allow you to receive credit for taking the course.

Disaster Response and Recovery | Free Webinar Series

Child Care Aware of America’s Emergency Preparedness team is launching an all new Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar Recordings for Child Care Resource & Referral organizations.

The goal of this series is to introduce Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) to partnering organizations who serve in a response/recovery capacity and to provide an overview on some of the resources available to help them better understand their role after disasters.

  • Webinar 1:  Coordination of Emergency and Respite Care Post Disasters
  • Webinar 2: Helping Children and Families After Disasters
  • Webinar 3: Supporting Social/Emotional Needs of Children Following Disasters
  • Webinar 4:   Addressing Post Disaster Financial and Resource Needs of Child Care Programs

To view these FREE webinars, click here.

For additional resources on Disaster Preparation please click here.

Rules for School and Child Care Immunizations

New Radon Requirements for Child Care Facilities

Licensing Resources

Child Care Center Rules – Effective September 30, 2016

The Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL) promulgated new and revised rules regulating child care facilities. These rules were effective September 30, 2016:

  • 7.701 General Rules for Child Care Facilities
  • 7.702 Rules Regulating Child Care Centers (less than 24-hour care)
  • 7.707 Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes
  • 7.712 Rules Regulating School-Aged Child Care Centers

​​​The rules were promulgated to meet requirements of the 2014 Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act Reauthorization​,​​ t​o ​provide clarification and technical clean up of existing rules, and ​further protect the health and safety of children in care.

​DECL is providing a 6-month consultation period (ending March 31, 2017) for Family Child Care Homes and School-Age Child Care Centers to become compliant with new regulations not impacting the health or safety of children, or where effective dates are not already defined in rule.

Additionally, the DECL will create an Administrative Guide for each rules set that will be posted along with the regulations on the Office of Early Childhood website.

View the official rules on the Secretary of State’s website, here. Click here to print updated rule sets.

Please contact your licensing specialist for assistance, or call the Division of Early Care and Learning at 1-800-799-5876 if you have any questions.

Questions may be directed to:
Renee McLaughlin
Deputy Director of Licensing
Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE)

IREE Licensing Open Forums | 3rd Wednesdays | Open Forum Flyer 2018

Licensing Specialists Will Now Notify Parents of Safe Sleep Violations – Click here for information.

Licensed Child Care Provider Training Requirements Tool

In order to help child care professionals meet new and ongoing training requirements, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has developed a licensed child care provider required training tool. This tool covers all training requirements for professionals working in licensed child care centers and family child care homes, and provides information on which requirements each training meets and where the training is offered. The OEC is working hard to offer all required training for free online through the Professional Development Information System.