Licensing | IREE
The Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE) is responsible for providing licensing services in Arapahoe, El Paso, and Pueblo counties. IREE uses the “Community Based Licensing” model created by President and CEO Dr. Rosemarie Allen.
Community Based Licensing© focuses on providing licensing services that are culturally responsive using four Cs: Competence, Caring, and Compassion while ensuring Compliance.
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In El Paso County, licensing questions may be directed to:
Deputy Director of Licensing
Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE)
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New Child Care Licensing Laws Effective August 9
Two new child care licensing laws went into effect August 9, 2017. These are changes to state statute, and are NOT a result of updates to child care licensing rules.
Portability of Background Checks for Child Care Workers
House Bill 17-1135 made Trails background checks portable between child care or preschool locations operated by the same governing body, similar to Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) checks.
Accessibility of Exempt Family Child Care
Senate Bill 17-110 increased the number of unrelated children a home-based caregiver can watch without obtaining a child care license from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood. The change allows a home-based child care provider to care for four (4) or fewer children ages birth to 18 years old and no more than two (2) of the children are under the age of two (2) years old. The children are not required to be related to each other or to the caregiver. If the provider is caring for their own children, their children is included in the four (4) children limit.
Child Care Licensing Rules
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 (en español)
- 7.702 – Rules Regulating Child Care Centers (Less than 24-Hour Care) (en español)
- 7.707 – Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes (en español)
- 7.719 – Rules Regulating Special Activities
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.