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Apply for a Child Care Sustainability Grant!

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020 allocated supplemental funds to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to support child care as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Executive Order D 2020 120, issued by Governor Polis, directed the Colorado Department of

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APPLY TODAY! Inclusion and Universal Design in Child Care Programs

Licensed child care programs are encouraged to apply for a program to promote inclusive learning environments. The PDG Inclusion and Universal Design Program, implemented in partnership with the Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE) at the University of Colorado Denver, is designed to ensure young children with delays and disabilities

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Quality Improvement Grants are NOW OPEN! Apply Today!

Applications are OPEN for Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants and Hardship Quality Improvement Grants. For eligibility requirements, application instructions, and how grant funding may be used, check out our two NEW flyers! Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant Hardship Quality Improvement Grant

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New Grant Opportunity | Keep the Lights On Fund

A new grant opportunity – Keep the Lights On Fund – is now available to licensed family child care homes, child care centers, and school-age programs to support personnel and operational costs such as rent, utilities, cleaning supplies, etc. The goal of this effort is to support child care providers

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New Bilingual COVID-19 Testing & Food Distribution @ Southeast YMCA

There is a new bilingual COVID-19 testing site that corresponds with free meal pickup offered by Care and Share at the Southeast YMCA. About 250-300 families are assisted each week with food and about 15 individuals with COVID-19 testing who are experiencing symptoms (no insurance or preauthorization needed). Testing and

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State and Local Public Health Updates and Reminders for Providers

Alliance for Kids is sharing the following updates and reminders from El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH). Exclusion and Exposures: Please continue to use the attached document for exclusion from care, but remember to contact EPCPH if there has been a potential exposure to any children, staff or family members.

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Updated Guidance for Children’s Resident Camps

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has released updated guidance for Children’s Resident Camps. Children’s Resident Camps were allowed to resume operations as of June 18th. All overnight camps, including exempt overnight camps operating for less than 72 hours, must operate with restrictions and strong precautionary measures, as

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Colorado Shines Ratings Schedule FAQs

To support providers who may have questions about the current and future rating process, the Colorado Shines Team and Clayton Early Learning put together the guide, Colorado Shines Ratings Schedule: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

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