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Updated COVID-19 School Guidance & Visitor Guidelines Reminder

Updated COVID-19 School Guidance (8.5.21) As a reminder, here are the COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines. In the letter from July 30, 2021 found here, Susan Wheelan, El Paso County Public Health Director, outlines current information from our department, including our recommendation for mask usage. As El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) works with

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Family Child Care Homes Facilities Improvement Grant | Apply Today!

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, along with the Daniels Fund,  granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This

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Child Care Innovation Intensive Applications Open

WHAT IS THE CHILD CARE INNOVATION INTENSIVE? 3 month intensive to support expansion or new and innovative child care programs Individualized 1:1 mentoring and focused content $2000 stipend for each participating organization Designed to accelerate the creation and rollout of new programs with measurable results Join an info session on

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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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