Early Childhood News & Updates

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!

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!

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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Community Listening Session | Join Us!

We reached our maximum capacity for this event.  If you would like to discuss any needs or thoughts regarding our early childhood community , please reach out to Kelly Hurtado at 719.291.9315 or    

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Emergency Waivers for Early Care & Education Programs

In light of the recent child care closures in our community, the Department would like to extend licensed providers in the Colorado Springs area the option to submit an emergency waiver to exceed capacity on a temporary basis to provide care to those families who were enrolled in these programs. If

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Arapahoe Community College | EC Cohort Scholarships Available!

Begin a rewarding career in Early Childhood! No Accuplacer required! Support if English is your second language! Arapaho Community College is offering another cohort of English-Language Learners the opportunity to take ECE 101 Intro to ECE and ECE 103 Guidance Strategies this spring and summer semesters.  With the support of

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Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities | Public Comment OPEN

Public Comment: Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities Proposed changes to general rules  The Office of Early Childhood, Division of Early Care and Learning, and The Office of Children Youth and Families, Division of Child Welfare are recommending changes to the General Rules Regarding Child Care Facilities. The proposed changes are

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Bumps, Books, ‘n Babies Resource Fair | September 28th

Bumps, Books , ‘n Babies Resource Fair | September 28th | Library 21c Parents of babies and those who are expecting or trying to conceive: This FREE event featuring local exhibitors representing pregnancy, baby, and parenting focused community groups and organizations from a variety of sectors, including wellness, safety, early

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