Early Childhood News & Updates

JI/AFK Receives Funding To Pursue Efforts Toward Strengthening ECE Workforce

Joint Initiatives/Alliance for Kids has been awarded a 2021 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant! We are excited to be among the six partnerships creating sustainable systemic change across Colorado and taking on early childhood workforce challenges through the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative. Through this Initiative, we will be

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New Public Health Order and Impacts in El Paso County

On Thursday April 15, 2021, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Released Public Health Order 20-38. Attached is an notification from El Paso County Public Health with what this means for El Paso County. Face coverings — Executive Order D 2021 79  is currently set to expire

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Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants are CLOSED.

As of April 14, 2021, the application period has closed for the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant. Be sure you are subscribed to the EC News for updates on all grants and supports. For information about other current grant opportunities, including the Expanding and Emerging Child Care Grant Program, contact:

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Early Childhood Workforce Development Subcommittee Seeks Co-Chair

The Early Childhood Workforce Development (ECWD) Subcommittee, a subcommittee devoted to developing Colorado’s early childhood workforce under the Early Childhood Leadership Commission, is seeking a new Co-Chair to help provide strategic direction for the subcommittee. The ECWD Subcommittee is particularly interested in finding a representative from a child care program

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COVID-19 Vaccine | New Web Portal for ECE Providers

Last month, the Office of Early Childhood partnered with Children’s Colorado to provide COVID-19 vaccines to child care providers. Children’s Colorado is still providing vaccines to child care providers, but you will now register directly with Children’s for your appointment. Please follow the instructions below. Process 1.Sign up using the

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April EC News Now Available!

April’s Edition of the EC News has your link for joining the Community Network, NEW training for April – June, health and wellness supports for the early childhood workforce, resources for families, and more! Read the April edition HERE. Check out the NEW PD Catalog and all the upcoming opportunities,

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What Are the Tax Consequences of a State Grant?

Many family child care providers received money from the State of Colorado in 2020. It may have been called a grant, stipend, emergency relief funds, CARES funding, or some other name. It may have been a one-time payment or reoccurring payments. It may have been in the form of supplies

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Vaccine Survey and Resources for Early Childhood Programs

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is gathering information on the number of child care providers and staff who have been able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and any difficulties in the vaccination process. The survey is optional. Responses have no impact on your license status. Your response will only

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Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program | Coming Soon!

Coming Soon! For a snapshot of the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement grant, the new grant below, and the Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement grant, download our Grants Flyer HERE. The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program aims to expand access and availability of licensed child care throughout the state. 

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