Early Childhood News & Updates

ECHO NEWS! Seed Grant and FCCP Cohort Applications Extended

ECHO NEWS! Seed Grant and FCCP Cohort Applications Extended

Become an ECHO site! Download Echo Site Flyer HERE Visit the ECHO website for details HERE. Early Childhood Heath Outdoors (ECHO) is now accepting applications from licensed child care centers and preschools in Colorado to receive seed grant funding for the implementation of nature play in their outdoor space. Applications to

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NEW! ECE Huddles are Forming | Join In!

NEW! ECE Huddles are Forming | Join In!

Dear Early Childhood Community, Alliance for Kids is sharing something NEW from Healthy Child Care Colorado. They are hosting a series of ECE Huddles to elevate needs that arise and provide information that can support child care programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. What is a huddle? A huddle is a short meeting that occurs frequently so teams are informed

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Child Care Programs Need Cleaning Supplies | Donate March 23 & 24

Child Care Programs Need Cleaning Supplies | Donate March 23 & 24

In response to a great need expressed by our community’s child care centers and family child care homes, Alliance for Kids and its partners are seeking donations of supplies. We understand this need is being felt by everyone, but it’s especially true of those providing care to young children. We

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COVID-19 Update from the Office of Early Childhood | March 20

COVID-19 Update from the Office of Early Childhood | March 20

Dear Colorado Child Care Providers, As we all work through this challenging and ever-changing situation, we want to continue to provide you with updates and guidance on COVID-19. The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and all of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) recognize how difficult, and often frightening,

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COVID-19 Update to Child Care Providers | 3.16.20

COVID-19 Update to Child Care Providers | 3.16.20

Below, please find updated guidance for child care providers on: Child Care Closure Notification of Closure Child Care for First Responders / Medical Personnel Capacity Waivers Child Care Closure Guidance On Saturday, March 14th, communication from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) with Guidance for School and Child Care Closure

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Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Facilities on COVID-19 | 3.14.20

Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Facilities on COVID-19 | 3.14.20

Guidance from CDPHE developed to provide direction for school and child care closures: With many schools deciding to initiate spring break early or even potentially extend it many schools have or are closing absent the criteria described in this guidance. The guidance is on our website HERE. We understand the

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Child Care Providers | 3.12.20

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Child Care Providers | 3.12.20

Child care providers play an important role both to prevent the spread of disease and to help families and communities stay informed. The Office of Early Childhood is forwarding the following guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 Planning for Schools and Child Care Closure and

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UPDATE | 2020 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

UPDATE | 2020 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference

3.12.20 UPDATE: RMECC will be offering virtual conference sessions, as well as other training opportunities to participants that were registered to attend the event. Some of the most popular presenters have agreed to do their sessions virtually on Zoom conferencing during time slots tomorrow, Friday March 13th and Saturday, March

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Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant NOW OPEN!

Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant NOW OPEN!

The Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grant is live for the 2019-2020 year! New eligibility criteria allows more programs to engage in Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Grants, including programs without a CCCAP fiscal agreement – see below! You can access this by logging into your program’s Colorado Shines account, clicking on

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Funding Available for Family Child Care Homes in Colorado!

Funding Available for Family Child Care Homes in Colorado!

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning environments, the Buell Foundation granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This opportunity is intended to help

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