Early Childhood News & Updates

Volunteers Needed for FREE ERS-3 Observations

The Quality Assessment Services Department at Clayton Early Learning is preparing to get back into the field and they need volunteers! They will be training their staff on the newest editions of the Environment Rating Scales (ECERS-3, ITERS-3, FCCERS-3). Key Information: Observations are being offered at no cost to you

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Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program is OPEN

The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program aims to expand access and availability of licensed child care throughout the state.  An award from the grant may be used for costs associated with expanding an open and operating child care center or family child care home to assist an eligible

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CO Shines Quality Improvement Grant is OPEN!

[July 15, 2021]  Alliance for Kids is excited to announce that the Colorado Shines Quality Improvement (CSQI) grant is OPEN for applications and the expanded criteria by the Office of Early Childhood will continue to allow us to support more of you! For a snapshot of this CSQI grant and

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EPC Business Grant Opportunity | Apply by July 16!

Could your early childhood program use up to $20,000? Apply today – closes July 16th! The application takes less than 30 minutes to fill out. They don’t have to prove a minimum loss from 2020 to 2019. Here are the documents they need to upload: 2020 complete Federal Business Tax

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Safe Child Care Working Groups Open to ALL

Thank you to everyone who has attended the first two meetings of the Safe Child Care Task Force. These meetings have been a valuable opportunity to learn more about the members of the task force, and begin work towards recommendations that address these complex problems.  New: Working Group Meetings The

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Keep the Lights On Fund Applications OPEN!

 Additional funding through the – Keep the Lights On Fund is available to licensed family child care homes, child care centers, and school-age programs to support personnel and operational costs such as rent, utilities, and cleaning supplies. The goal of this effort is to support child care providers across Colorado

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HB21-1304 PASSES | Creates State Agency for Early Childhood!

HB21-1304, a bipartisan bill to create a state agency for early childhood in Colorado, has passed and is on its way to the Governor’s desk! This bill will have a life-changing impact on Colorado kids for generations to come! We would like to thank prime sponsors of this bill: Representative

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June PD Update NOW Available!

The June edition of the PD Update has everything you need to know about the changes coming to PDIS this month and includes the NEW June – August PD Catalog. This summer features a new series of Tom Copeland business training, EQIT, a CLASS Primer for Teachers & MORE.

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NEW PDIS! Changes Launch in June!

The Office of Early Childhood is bringing you a new and improved Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS). Para obtener información en español, haga clic aquí. The new PDIS will launch in mid-June. (If you missed our announcement about the new PDIS, please click here, and be sure to review

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