Early Childhood News & Updates

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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May EC News Now Available

Check out the new shorter format for all the details on a new early childhood Workforce Initiative, Family Voice Council, Public Health updates for early childhood programs, and more!

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ECE Focus Group (paid) | Apply Today

The Office of Early Childhood is seeking the expertise of child care professionals from family child care homes and child care centers across the state to review a draft Business Guide for Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers.  The purpose of the guide is to provide comprehensive information about

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PDIS Credential Submission Interface Update and Temporary Solutions

To support child care providers and early childhood professionals, the Office of Early Childhood and the Colorado Shines PDIS is offering the following solutions to those impacted by the Credential Submission Interface being temporarily disabled: For those using the Early Childhood Professional Credential to meet licensed child care requirements any credentials

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Join the Office of Early Childhood Family Voice Council

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is currently accepting member interest forms for the OEC Family Voice Council!  The OEC Family Voice Council’s purpose is to provide input to optimize the design and delivery of early childhood programs and services to ensure all children and families in Colorado are happy,

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JI/AFK Receives Funding To Pursue Efforts Toward Strengthening ECE Workforce

Joint Initiatives/Alliance for Kids has been awarded a 2021 Early Childhood Workforce Innovation Grant! We are excited to be among the six partnerships creating sustainable systemic change across Colorado and taking on early childhood workforce challenges through the Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative. Through this Initiative, we will be

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