Licensing regulations were being reviewed and rewritten. Five Colorado Child Care Association (CCCA) Board members were invited to serve on the Child Care Licensing Review Task force.
Cost Quality research was underway; many CCCA members participated in the study.
Governor Romer established a task force on Professional Standards; CCCA Board members sat on this task force.
CCCA met with the Joint Budget Committee on reimbursement rates and succeeded in keeping a 4.45% reimbursement rate increase and payments for registration, activity fees, and 7 days of absences.
CCCA State Board testimony held licensing fee increases to 300-600% instead of the up to 1000% being called for.
CCCA participated in revised Rules and Regulations Governing Sanitation of Child Care Center.
CCCA was called upon to respond to the Cost Quality and Child Outcomes Report.
CCCA completed position papers on key issues including unfair competition.
CCCA's work with licensing focused on key quality indicators, risk factor ratings, and quality standards.
Board member Larry Neal joined in meetings with the Colorado Department of Education specific to Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) implementation.
Membership surveys conducted by CCCA revealed the top five concerns of our members:
1. Department of Human Services (DHS) Rules & Regulations
2. Staff Credentialing
3. Professional Development
4. Quality Improvement Efforts
5. DHS Reimbursement Rates
CCCA endowed the Foundation for Child Care Excellence, which helps to fund emergency child care, scholarships, and quality programs.
CCCA successfully excluded 3-year-olds from the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in the School Finance Act.
U.S. Representative Bob Schaffer introduced CCCA into the Congressional Record.
CCCA was influential in the counties' decision to raise reimbursement rates.
CCCA signed a partnership agreement with Office Depot Business Services Division to offer our members discounted prices on numerous products.
CCCA, along with the National Child Care Association (NCCA), pushed to update the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
CCCA testified before the Interim Committee on Child Care.
CCCA worked with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to institute a staffing crisis appeal process.
André Ransom, CCCA Board member and past president, was appointed to the Oversight and Review Committee to set criteria for tax check-off grants.
Larry Neal, CCCA Board member and past president, was appointed to the Child Care Commission.
CCCA, in partnership with the Department of Human Services and the Colorado Office of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CORRA), initiated the first of two playground grant programs.
CCCA worked diligently to ensure the best outcomes related to the Nurse Practice Act and the new medication administration requirements.
CCCA received two awards from the National Child Care Association (NCCA): The Guiding Star Award for Leadership, and the Brightest Star Award for Overall Achievement.
CCCA received the President's Award for Recycler of the Yearfrom Colorado Recycles.
CCCA participated in the Child Care Forum, a dialogue with public officials in response to cut backs in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP).
CCCA co-sponsored with the Colorado Children's Campaign a series of open houses, called "Donut Discussions," for political candidates that were hosted at members' centers.
CCCA succeeded in amending the Booster Seat Bill.
The CCCA Political Action Committee was formed.
Two CCCA Board members were appointed to the Child Care Commission.
The Foundation for Child Care Excellence helped to fund the"Economic Impact of Child Care in Colorado" study.
The CCCA Web site was developed and recognized by NCCA as an award-winning member service.
CCCA successfully sponsored HB 04-1254 to prevent non-involved parents being notified when providers are investigated.
CCCA partnered with CORRA (Colorado Office of Resource and Referral Agencies) on the second of two grants for playground surfacing.
The Foundation for Child Care Excellence helped to fund a study of unlicensed care in Colorado.
CCCA's 20th Anniversary.
CCCA completed a two-year commitment to the Health Regulations rewrite.
CCCA and NCCA celebrated changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) becoming permanent.
Executive Director Kathryn Hammerbeck was appointed to the Early Childhood and School Readiness Commission.
CCCA was invited to participate in the Denver Public Schools Task Force on Early Education and School Readiness.
CCCA joined the Early Childhood State Systems Team.
CCCA was invited to participate in the E-470 Education Master Plan Task Force.
CCCA successfully supported SB 06-045, which requires fingerprint background checks for legally exempt providers.
CCCA became a Smart Start Colorado partner.
As the early childhood profession has moved from “day care” to “child care” to early education/child development, many of our members have branded their programs with early education descriptors: learning center, child development center, and academy, to name a few. In 2008, the Board of Directors decided that it was time that CCCA update its image to reflect the early education services provided by its members. Our new name — the Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado — and our new logo and tag line not only emphasize early education, but the nurturing care that is an important part of our programs.