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1/11/24 ECEA Child Care Update


**Over the past month our website was causing glitches to our updates. We believe the issue has been resolved and appreciate your patience!

 

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) has contracted with Early Milestones Colorado to create a Universal Preschool Resource Bank to support preschool providers in meeting the Universal Preschool Quality Standards Rules. This Resource Bank will have tools, self-assessments, templates, training, and other resources. Provider input is critical. We want to learn more about existing program practices, needs, and preferences for this Resource Bank in order to design it effectively.



The survey is designed to be completed by preschool program directors/administrators. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. We invite all preschool programs, whether currently participating in Universal Preschool or not, to respond. Participating is entirely voluntary, and your responses will remain anonymous. The survey will be open until 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2024.


Additionally, for those interested, providing your contact information after completing the questionnaire will enter you into a drawing for a chance to win a $100 Lakeshore Learning gift card.


 

Pre-Registration for UPK

If you haven't started working with families regarding UPK enrollment for the 2024-25 school year you may want to do so NOW!

Dawn Odean reached out after this news story to let us know that no special arrangements have been made with school districts and that Pre-registration processes are an option for every program to use.


QUALITY STANDARDS RULE SET QUESTIONS/CONCERNS--SHORT NOTICE!!!

To see slides presented by the Department on the new proposed rule set:


Rules Advisory Council (RAC) Meeting:

Thursday, January 11, 2024, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meeting ID: 859 4428 3394

The proposed emergency (UPK) Qualifying Factors rules, permanent Administrative Appeals rules, and permanent Family Child Care Home (FCCH) rules will be considered for adoption during the next Public Rulemaking Hearing on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. The UPK Quality Standards rules will also be discussed during this rulemaking hearing, and stakeholders will have an opportunity to testify.

 


 

This is a reminder that the deadline for school and child care immunization data reporting is January 15, 2024


How to Report: Reporting for the 2023-24 school year is accessed through the School and Child Care Immunization Data Reporting (SCCIDR) System. Refer to the SCCIDR Users Guide for detailed instructions for creating or making changes to an account and reporting your data. A link to the Reporting System, the Users Guide, data worksheets, and additional resources are available on CDPHE’s website


Requirements: School and child care immunization data reporting is required by law within Colorado Board of Health rule 6 CCR 1009-2


We are here to help. For questions regarding the reporting process, please email cdphe_school_immunizationreporting@state.co.us


We appreciate your commitment to the health and safety of Colorado's students and communities both in and out of school. Please ensure that your school or child care complies with the reporting requirement before the deadline of January 15, 2024. Your work is valued and contributes to our collective effort to protect Colorado communities from vaccine-preventable disease. 


Thank you, and if you have any immediate questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Sincerely,

Molly Wineteer Krol

Immunization Data Analyst 

Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response (DCPHR)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 


Sara Lopez RN, BSN, MPH

School and Child Care Nurse Consultant

Division of Disease Control and Public Health Response (DCPHR)

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

sara.lopez@state.co.us (for school-related clinical questions) 


 


241 Page Document Outlining Early Literacy Alignment Recommendations for the State



PQAA meeting next Friday, January 12 from 9:00 to 12:00. The agenda and draft minutes from the last meeting are attached and linked. Additional meeting materials will be posted here.  ECEA will be present and keep you posted on what is taking place. We will likely add a story to our newsfeed highlighting key elements of the meeting as it takes place.

 



 




Through a partnership with the Colorado Gives Foundation, Healthier Colorado and our sister organization, Open Answer, are working to gather feedback from early childhood providers and teachers in Jefferson County through a brief 10-15 minute survey. Providers and teachers will be compensated for their time and expertise - anyone that completes the survey will receive a $25 gift card for their input.


While it is preferred to complete the surveys “interview style” and in-person, they can be flexible with your time and preferences - just fill out this simple google form and they will reach out to you based on your availability. 


Your voice is important as the information you provide will be used to inform statewide policy proposals. 


Direct questions to:

 

New Resource for Families

This resource helps families determine what tax credits and benefits they qualify for. It also tells them how long it takes to apply for each. Employees can use it too!

 

UPK:


Child Care:



General:

 


ECEA Members: Email Dawn at dawn@coloradoecea.org if you are interested in being a tester and giving feedback to CDEC on the IT interfaces that you use every day to support your business!

 

The Farm to Child Collaborative is thrilled to announce the start of our new ECE Provider Only Peer to Peer Learning Networks in English and Spanish. 

These once a month meetings will include connection to other providers beginning or expanding Farm to Child components at their sites, offer training opportunities, and provide a space to connect and learn with peers. 


Each one hour meeting will provide 1 CEU via certificates. 

Join the English or Spanish meeting this month. 


Click here for dates/times, meet group leaders and read more about these exciting new groups! 

To register to attend, please click here. 


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

Deadline: February 9, 2024

 

Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening have teamed up to create the GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant, which aims to spread the positive impact of gardens to communities throughout the US.


By 2024, 170 programs will be selected to receive funding to start or expand their youth garden or greenspace, with a total of $100,000 being awarded.


Health Disparities and Community Grant Program

Deadline: January 31, 2024

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Office of Health Equity invite community organizations to apply for the Health Disparities Community Grant Program funding opportunity. 


The program’s primary purpose is to implement strategies to address the varying and complex causes of health disparities. Applications should align with the goals and objectives in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2030 plan, specifically the five social determinants of health. These determinants refer to the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, work, and play that impact a wide range of health outcomes. 


The three-year grant cycle will fund projects to improve social infrastructure and health outcomes that eventually reduce health inequities and disparities. Funds will support projects that create and launch a foundation for making changes to public, systems-level, and organizational policies, practices, rules, laws, and regulations that influence the health of underrepresented communities. 


Visit the Office of Health Equity website for more information about the funding opportunity, including the Request for Applications. For any questions about the application, please contact cdphe_healthequity@state.co.us.


 

 

 
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