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.
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: 719.659.7198
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, to 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.
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:
Deputy Director of Licensing
Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE)
IREE Licensing Open Forums – Forums are held the third Wednesday of each month at 2330 Robinson Street. Dates are on the Calendar of Events, or click here for details. Click here for the August forum flyer.
Licensing Specialists Will Now Notify Parents of Safe Sleep Violations – Click here for information.
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 – 1-844-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.