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Proposed Changes to Colorado School Readiness Quality Improvement Program

 

With the recent passing of SB18-09 Concerning the Alignment of Early Childhood Quality Improvement Programs with the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood is proposing changes to theColorado Code of Regulation for the School Readiness Quality Improvement Program. The purpose of the program is to improve school readiness of children five (5) years of age or younger, who receive care at early childhood education programs pursuant to Section 26-6-106, C.R.S.

Rule, at a minimum, must identify a specific and measurable level of improvement in the Colorado Shines System that an early childhood education program must achieve within the Colorado Shines rating cycle in order to continue to receive school-readiness quality improvement funding as well as eligibility criteria for continued participation in the program.

Additionally, the proposed rules:

•Specify the procedure by which an early childhood council may apply for school readiness funding to the programs;

•Specify the manner in which school-readiness quality improvement is distributed to early childhood councils, ensuring equitable distribution between rural and urban communities;

•Identify any additional eligibility requirements for early childhood councils seeking school readiness quality improvement funding; and,

•Define children five years of age or younger with risk factors associated with not being school ready to ensure, where eligible, an early childhood education program serving this populations is prioritized for funding.

View the proposed rule changes here.

Public Comment will close Wednesday, June 21.

CLICK HERE to comment on the proposed rules.

 

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