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  • Dawn Alexander

5/18/23 ECEA Child Care Update



For 38 respondents, 34 of which have to pay property taxes they will have to pay a combined total of $891,111.

Public schools, Non-profit organizations and private owners that lease to non-profits do not have to pay property taxes. Why do privately owned child care businesses have to pay property taxes when the service they offer is a public good? This longstanding policy undermines the entire child care industry. Without private providers, the state government will have to provide child care services for children from birth on. We ask, is that what you want for the children in your family?

If you haven't added your business property taxes to the discussion, please do so here:

Hear directly from the programs in our news feed and see their other responses at:

***Speaking of property taxes: We found a GREAT resource that provides Statewide information on the property valuation process and how to appeal your valuation. You can find that here:


5/19/23 - 1-2:30 p.m.

How to Hire and Retain Quality Staff

Panel discussion with ideas to support you and your program in this area!

5/20/23 - 9 a.m.-Noon (The Growing Brain)

Cognition and Executive Function - focuses on how young children develop cognitive and executive functions in relation to the developing brain. In this training, you will learn how cognitive development unfolds in young children and how to support its development in young children; learn about executive functioning and its critical role in cognitive and overall development; and how to support the development of executive functions.

5/24/23 & 5/25/23 - 6-7:30 p.m. (The Growing Brain)

Social-Emotional Development - focuses on how social-emotional development unfolds in the first 5 years and the brain’s role in this process. In this training, you will learn about the areas of the brain involved in social interactions and emotional reactions; explore the role of relationships and attachment in social-emotional development; the effect of stress on social-emotional development; the development of empathy in very young children and how to support social-emotional development in young children.

5/31/23 & 6/1/23 - 6-7:30 p.m. (The Growing Brain)

Understanding Behavior- focuses on how children’s behavior is influenced by the brain. In this training, you will learn about basic brain anatomy; connections between areas of the brain and how these connections are expressed through behavior; key factors that influence behavior; the root causes of challenging behavior and effective strategies for helping children with these difficulties

6/3/23 - 9-Noon (The Growing Brain)

Play - focuses on the stages and types of play that unfold in early childhood, the role of the brain in this process, and how to maximize children’s learning through play. In this training, you will learn about the development of play; the differences between free and guided play; and core skills children develop through play and how to promote these skills.



The Following New Bills that Passed Will Impact Your Business

HB23-1246 - Support In-demand Career Workforce

Authorizes funds to cover tuition, fees, books, and material supplies for students pursuing short-term credentials in early childhood and other in demand careers starting in the 2023-24 school year. Over $38 million dollars are going to be available to support students from all included industries through the Colorado Community College system. ECEA testified in support of this bill.

HB23-1290 - Proposition EE Funding Retention Rate Reduction

Creates a ballot issue due to the underestimation of revenue from nicotine taxes that would enable the state to retain currently, $23.65 Million instead of returning the tax to distributors and wholesalers. Those funds would be used to support the Colorado Preschool Program (UPK) and the general fund.

HB23-1263 - Translating Individualized Education Programs

Concerning translating individualized education programs for children who may be eligible for special education services. IEP now have to be translated into the child's home language.

HB23-1091 - CCTC - Continuation Of Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

Concerning the income tax credit for a qualifying contribution to promote child care in the state, and, in connection therewith, continuing the credit for three years, requiring the department of revenue to develop recommendations for the expansion of the types of contributions that qualify for the credit, and making an appropriation. No in kind provision at this time.

SB23-269 - Colorado Preschool Program Provider Bonus Payments

Concerning creating a bonus payment program to incentivize Colorado preschool providers to participate in the Colorado universal preschool program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. The program provides a one-time bonus payment to preschool providers that are participating in the Colorado Universal Preschool program and have not previously participated in the Colorado state-run preschool program. Providers may receive an additional bonus payment if they maintain or increase their capacity to serve infants and toddlers between April 1, 2022 and April 1, 2024, or are in low-capacity preschool areas. The bonus must be used to implement the preschool program or maintain or expand infant and toddler care. Total amount designated for bonuses is right around $2,374,000.

SB23-017 - Additional Uses Paid Sick Leave

This one has not been signed by the Governor yet. Expands authorized sick leave in the state to include: Care for a family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or other unexpected occurrence or event that results in the closure of the family member's school or place of care;

Grieve, attend funeral services or a memorial, or deal with financial and legal matters that arise after the death of a family member ; or Evacuate the employee's place of residence due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or other unexpected occurrence or event that results in the need to evacuate the employee's residence.

SB23-189 - Increasing Access To Reproductive Health Care

Concerning increasing access to reproductive health-care services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Requires large employer plans, on and after January 1, 2025, to provide coverage for the total cost of abortion care without policy deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance. Individual and small group plans must provide this coverage if the federal department of health and human services confirms the state's determination that the coverage is not subject to state defrayal pursuant to federal law. Employers are exempted from providing coverage if providing coverage conflicts with the employer's sincerely held religious beliefs or the employer is a public entity prohibited by section 50 of article V of the state constitution from using public funds to pay for induced abortions .

Specifies that the provisions relating to abortion care do not apply to a high deductible health benefit plan until the deductible has been met, unless allowed pursuant to federal law.


David Baxter (RightQuote)

Faithsteps Christian Preschool

Primrose School @ Colorado Station

The Costs establish a ton of GREAT benefits for you and your program. If you become a member, you STRENGTHEN THE VOICE OF CHILD CARE PROVIDERS STATEWIDE. ECEA is here for YOU and YOUR BUSINESS!! Just this week we provided public testimony/support for a member who is under financial pressure from their water board! You never know what the need will be but what you CAN count on is that ECEA will be here for YOU and YOUR BUSINESS!!!


****Family Child Care Homes: Get a Quote from David Baxter at RightQuote for your home based child care and they will pay your annual fee at ECEA! Contact him at today!


Provide input regarding workforce at one of the following meetings. Share the Parent group information out with your families!

  • RSVP for a Virtual Focus Group for the early childhood workforce (child care providers, educators, home visitors, mental health consultants, EI specialists, case managers, and more!)

    • Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 - 7:00pm

    • Thursday, June 1, 4:30 – 5:30pm

    • Tuesday, June 6, 8:00 – 9:00am

RSVP for a Virtual Focus Group for parents or caregivers of Colorado children age birth through 5 on June 7

  • Lunchtime and evening session

  • Compensation for time and childcare cost

  • Spanish interpretation available


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