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Child Care & COVID-19 | Resources Guide Available

Child care programs provide essential support for children in their care as well as for working families. In the past few months, and especially in the month of October, there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 outbreaks in child care. The Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

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COVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Providers | Yale Study

New Report from Yale University: COVID-19 Risk Among Child Care Providers Researchers from Yale University released findings from a survey of over 55,000 child care providers regarding community transmission of COVID-19 within the child care system. The survey, COVID-19 Transmission in U.S. Child Care Programs, is one of the largest

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NEW AspenPointe COVID-19 Response Team

AspenPointe is excited to announce a new COVID Response Crisis Counseling Team that is offering free, short-term services. Support is available and is free and confidential. We have all had our lives changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schooling for children is so different during COVID and can cause additional

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Alliance for Kids Endorses Proposition EE | Vote YES on EE!

Alliance for Kids, El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council and Initiative of Joint Initiatives for Youth & Families, joins the community of advocates and leaders supporting this measure, including Save the Children Action Network, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance, and the American Heart Association and

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Leading Edge Series for Child Care Providers | Begins Saturday!

The Pikes Peak SBDC has launched a new LEADING EDGE™ for Child Care Providers to help both licensed childcare providers (home and center-based) and start-ups. The program assists child care providers to strengthen business practices when coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the ever-changing landscape of the Colorado workforce.

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School-Age Child Care Waivers Available

The Colorado Department of Human Services is offering licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care centers the opportunity to apply for waivers allowing temporary flexibility to care for additional school-age children. You may apply for the following waivers by contacting your licensing specialist: For Licensed Family Child

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Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SPACE to Learn Grant

Get Inspired! Get Creative! Get Outdoors! Get Started! Make learning fun and healthy with fast and affordable projects to enhance your outdoor space! Apply today for the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) SPACE to Learn Grant! Early care and education programs and family child care homes are invited to apply

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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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