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6/29/23 ECEA Child Care Update



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We are on the mandated reporter task force that was mandated by the state legislature last year. In July, we will be participating in a panel discussion about how mandated reporter requirements in our state impact the child care industry.



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Public Comment will close on July 6, 2023

The Department is anticipating comprehensive rule revisions for these rules to be completed in 2024.

To view the proposed changes and submit a comment, click on the links below or visit the Department of Early Childhood's Public Notice Information webpage.

View the Proposed Changes

Comment on the Proposed Changes



Hello advocate and LCO partners!

As you may know, Early Milestones is supporting Dawn Odean and the CDEC team in the creation of rules around UPK quality standards, to be promulgated through the RAC process in Fall 2023. As part of this effort, we will be creating an FAQ to speak to the most common and critical questions that stakeholders – both system-level and on-the-ground providers – have about what UPK quality standards are, related processes/timelines, etc. Our goal is to release this document this summer.

I’m reaching out for your input on this UPK Quality Standards FAQ. What questions (or confusion) are you hearing about UPK quality standards? What questions are

top-of-mind for you? For reference, CDEC has already released these two reports related to this effort: preliminary stakeholder input report and crosswalk of existing standards and legislative requirements but we expect that there are still many questions about UPK Quality Standards out there, and hope to make this FAQ a central source of understandable, relevant information.

To make contributing input easy and convenient, I have created this spreadsheet, which also allows you to add notes regarding audience and key context/dynamics/information if applicable. (You should also feel free to reply to this email if that’s easier.) There are no wrong questions, and even shorthand/bulleted input is extraordinarily helpful as we create this document, so please fill in whatever you’re able. I’m requesting all input by Friday June 30th.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, or if there are others not included here whom you suggest I extend this request for input to.

Thank you in advance for your good thinking to help make this FAQ as complete and meaningful as possible!

Angela Rothermel (she/her)

Deputy Director

Direct | 720.464.3905

1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 902 | Denver, CO 80202


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