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NEW Background Check Requirements | Effective September 30th

New Background Check Requirements: Rules to Impact Child Care Centers, School-Age Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes and Qualified Exempt Child Care Homes  On September 30, 2020, new background check rule requirements will go into effect. These new rules are to better align background check requirements with the Federal

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Public Health Update | Masks, Ventilation, Exclusion, Sprayers

Statewide Mask Mandate Extended: — On August 14, 2020 Governor Jared Polis extended Executive Order D 2020 164 that requires all “individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any Public Indoor Space”. This means that all

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Interim Colorado Shines Ratings NOW VIRTUAL!

What is changing? The Colorado Shines Rating remains mostly the same, with the exception of the classroom observation/Environment Rating Scale component. There will be no in-person classroom visits, and we have modified the scales to support a virtual assessment and align with current health department regulations. Want to learn more?

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Professional Development Update for August NOW AVAILABLE!

To read the latest edition, visit: conta.cc/3aTFhYV Check out the latest professional development opportunities, including EQIT, Pyramid Plus Approach, The Growing Brain, Calming the Chaos, Transformational Coaching, and FREE ITERS-3/ECERS-3 training. We also include community opportunities such as medical administration, webinars, conferences, ECE Huddles, and COVID-19 small business resources from

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Application Extended for Child Care Sustainability Grant!

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020 allocated supplemental funds to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to support child care as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Executive Order D 2020 120, issued by Governor Polis, directed the Colorado Department of

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August EC News Now Available

Get the latest on what’s NEW in early childhood in the August Edition! http://conta.cc/3184fAv Grants & PD Community Network Colorado Shines COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Family Child Care Resources Supports for Families Community News & Advocacy Conferences & MUCH MORE!

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Child Development Associate | Learn More & APPLY

Child Care Innovations, Mesa County Health Department, and Colorado Office of Early Childhood invite you to attend a CDA Application Informational Meeting. Applications are open to individuals working with youth children, individuals working in an early care and education center, or those operating a family child care home. This meeting

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Business Relief Fund Grants Available for Child Care Programs

ATTENTION Non-Profit Early Care and Education Programs! The Colorado Enterprise Fund highly encourages programs to apply – these grants are especially for small revenue businesses making a huge impact on the community! Through this fund, COVID-19 grant assistance of up to $20K is available to small businesses and nonprofits in

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Low-Cost Immunizations for Children Available

El Paso County Public Health is pleased to announce a partnership with Matthews-Vu Medical Group to provide low-cost immunizations to children. We are excited about this partnership, and to be able to provide this vital preventative service to families during the back-to-school season. Appointments are required. For more information, visit

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Funding Opportunities for Early Childhood Providers and Programs

There are numerous funding opportunities currently available to child care programs and professionals, including: Sustainability Grants from the Office of Early Childhood Grants from $1,000 – $3,000 are available for open and operating child care programs, in response to the financial impacts of COVID-19. The deadline to update program information and

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