Wednesday, August 09, 2017

New Child Care Licensing Laws Effective August 9, 2017


A batch of new laws is going into effect, including laws that allow people to break into a hot car in order to rescue an animal and changes to domestic violence reporting requirements for doctors. Among those is a law requiring public schools to educate high school students on career paths that don’t require a college degree.

And a reminder from CDHS & The Office of Early Childhood...

The following laws are effective Wednesday, August 9. These changes were made in state statute and are NOT a result of updates to child care licensing rules. Please contact your licensing specialist for more information regarding the new laws or rule changes.

Portability of Background Checks for Child Care Workers
House Bill 17-1135 made Trails background checks portable, similar to Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) checks.

Prior Law: Any child care professional working at more than one licensed child care facility wholly owned and operated by the same governing body (e.g. a school district), was required to completed a Trails background check for each facility.

New Law Effective August 9: Employees working at numerous child care or preschool locations operated by the same governing body (e.g. school district) require only one Trails background check.

Accessibility of Exempt Family Child Care
Senate Bill 17-110 increased the number of unrelated children a home-based caregiver can watch without obtaining a child care license from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood.

The law will expire September 1, 2020, at which time the Department will review the law and recommend changes, if applicable.

Prior Law: Anyone caring for more than one sibling group unrelated to the care provider had to obtain a license.

New Law Effective August 9: A home-based child care provider is exempt from obtaining a child care license if he/she meets one or more of the following:

  1. is caring for four (4) or fewer children ages birth to 18 years old and no more than two (2) of the children are under the age of two (2) years old. The children are not required to be related to each other or to the caregiver. Note: If the provider is caring for their own child(ren), their child(ren) is included in the four (4) children limit.
  2. is providing care for children who are directly related to the caregiver.
  3. the children are siblings from one (1) family, and may or may not be related to the caregiver.

The new law allows providers who were previously operating illegally to now be connected to community resources, such as training and quality improvement supports, to improve their child care services. Additionally, home-based child care providers legally exempt from child care licensing may be eligible to accept Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) child care subsidy payments as a qualified exempt provider by participating in a background check and yearly health and safety inspections.


Please visit www. coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com or contact your licensing specialist for more information.