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Rulemaking & Rules Advisory Council

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Rulemaking at the Colorado Department of Early Childhood

In April 2022, Governor Polis signed HB22-1295, creating the Colorado Department of Early Childhood. This new department will coordinate a unified early childhood system and ensure the equitable distribution of resources and programming. In addition, the department will oversee the launch of universal preschool in 2023. The Executive Director will promulgate all rules for the Department, and will be advised by the Rules Advisory Council (RAC). This 15-member Council will meet monthly to advise the CDEC Executive Director on the development of rules to guide the functions, programs and services that the new Department will oversee. 

If you would like to receive rulemaking notices, please click here to sign up for email notifications. For questions, please contact CDEC_Rulemaking@state.co.us or Elena Kemp at: Elena.kemp@state.co.us.

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research, and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR) within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is currently conducting a sunset review on the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), pursuant to section 26.5-1-105(1)(c), C.R.S. The purpose of this sunset review is to examine the structure, efficiency, and effectiveness of CDEC's rulemaking authority to determine if it should be continued in its current form, modified, or repealed. Click here to provide feedback directly to COPRRR, regarding this review.



  
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CDEC Administrative Rules and Laws

For more information on the current laws, rules, and regulations in Colorado, please review the official state publications: Colorado Revised Statutes (Colorado Laws); and the Code of Colorado Regulations (Colorado Administrative Rules and Regulations).

The table below provides a roadmap for all the programs within the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) that have administrative rules, and links to the historical locations of the rules that previously existed within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS):

Division of Early Learning, Access, and Quality (DELAQ)

School Readiness and Quality Improvement Program (SRQIP)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1401-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Early Childhood Councils (ECC) 

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1401-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1403-1 

CDHS CCR No. 9 CCR 2503-9 (Historical Version)

Division of Early Learning, Licensing, and Administration (DELLA)

General Child Care Licensing 

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Child Care Centers

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Family Child Care Homes (FCCH)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Children’s Resident Camps

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

School-Aged Child Care Programs

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Special Activities

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Neighborhood Youth Organizations (NYO)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Substitute Placements 

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1402-1 

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-8 (Historical Version)

Division of Universal Preschool (UPK)

Colorado Universal Preschool Program (UPK)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1404-1

N/A

Division of Community and Family Support (DCFS) 

Nurse Home Visitor Program (NHVP)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1401-1

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-9 (Historical Version)

Early Intervention Colorado Program (EI)

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1405-1

CDHS CCR No. 12 CCR 2509-10 (Historical Version)

CDEC Department Wide

CDEC Administrative Appeals

CDEC CCR No. 8 CCR 1406-1

CDHS CCR No. 9 CCR 2503-8 (Historical Version)

Rules Advisory Council (RAC) Membership

The 15-member Rules Advisory Council (RAC) will advise the CDEC Executive Director on developing rules to guide the functions, programs and services that the new department will oversee. The advice given by the RAC should be in the interest of all Colorado children, families, and early childhood professionals, centering on equitable distribution of resources and programming so that all children and families can access the services and supports they need to thrive.

The legislation HB22-1295 outlined a number of membership requirements in the interest of broad representation across various sectors of the early childhood system, and to ensure equitable membership. The RAC must include:

  • Representatives from programmatically diverse communities, including school-based providers, private providers, and non-parental family, friend or neighbor (FFN) providers
  • At least two representatives of county departments in diverse geographic areas of the state with knowledge of child protection, CCCAP, and related fiscal matters
  • A representative of a foundation, business, or early childhood advocacy organization
  • A representative who is an expert in the funding for rules and federal regulations concerning early childhood and family support programs and services, including laws, rules and regulations pertaining to children with disabilities
  • A representative of institutions of higher education
  • An Early Childhood health care or mental health care professional

In addition at least eight members appointed to the RAC must bring one or more of the following perspectives:

  • Parents, families, or caregivers of children who are enrolled in early childhood services
  • Members of the early childhood workforce
  • Members of historically underserved and under-resourced communities

The RAC adopted Rules Advisory Council Bylaws to guide their work on September 15, 2022. In addition, members agreed to the RAC Membership Guidebook to ensure the RAC can operate efficiently and effectively. 
 

NameOrganizationContact InformationTerm Expiration 
Colleen Head BatchelorThe Resource Exchange

cheadbatchelor@tre.org

June 30, 2026
Amber Bilby, ChairAmber's Kidsamberbilby@outlook.comJune 30, 2024
Scott BrightABC Child Development Centersscott@scottbright.netJune 30, 2025
Amy Buford, Vice ChairEstes Park School Districtamybuford@gmail.comJune 30, 2024
Megan BurchEagle County Governmentmegan.burch@eaglecounty.usJune 30, 2025
Nazia HasanCommunity First Foundationnhasan@communityfirstfoundation.orgJune 30, 2025
Priscilla M. HopkinsDenver Public Schoolspriscilla_hopkins@dpsk12.orgJune 30, 2026
Cassandra P JohnsonTruNorth Institute, Inc.Cassandra@trunorth.instituteJune 30, 2026
Rusha LevDenver Healthrushaplev@gmail.comJune 30, 2026
Maegan Lokteff, Ph.D.Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliancemaegan@ecclacolorado.orgJune 30, 2026
Marlayna MartinezUniversity of Colorado; Anschutz Medical Campusmarlayna.martinez@cuanschutz.eduJune 30, 2024 
Heather O'HayreLarimer County Human Servicesohayrehj@co.larimer.co.usJune 30, 2024
Frank ReevesRural Alliance; Public Education and Business Coalitionfrankreeves96@gmail.comJune 30, 2024
Karina Sofia Garcia SastreSelf-Employedksgarcia99@gmail.comJune 30, 2025
T Vail Shoultz-McColeColorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community Collegevshoultz@coloradomesa.eduJune 30, 2025
RAC Meetings

Rules Advisory Council (RAC) meetings are open to the public. Information on future meetings will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

NEXT RULES ADVISORY COUNCIL (RAC) MEETING
Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85944283394?pwd=U1Y0RUtSb0twUDhJRG1qRVRtQTU2dz09
Zoom Meeting ID: 859 4428 3394
Meeting Materials Coming Soon!

PAST RULES ADVISORY COUNCIL (RAC) MEETINGS
February 8, 2024
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | UPK Qualifying Factors Rules | UPK Quality Standards Rules

January 11, 2024
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | Administrative Appeals Rules | UPK Qualifying Factors Rules | UPK Quality Standards Rules

December 14, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | Abuse and Neglect Background Check Fees Rule | Administrative Appeals Rules

November 9, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording |Nurse Home Visitor Program Rules | Neighborhood Youth Organization Rules | Family Child Care Home Rules 

October 12, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting RecordingCCCAP Rules |General Licensing Rules | Child Care Centers Rules | Children's Resident Camp Rules | School-Aged Child Care Rules | Special Activities | Substitute Placement Rules 

September 14, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting RecordingCCCAP Rules

July 13, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting RecordingUPK Rules 

June 8, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting RecordingUPK Rules | CCCAP Rules

May 11, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | CCCAP Rules

April 13, 2023
Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | ECC Rules | SRQIP Rules

March 9, 2023
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

February 9, 2023
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

January 12, 2023
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

December 8, 2022
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

November 17, 2022
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

October 13, 2022
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

September 15, 2022
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording

September 1, 2022
Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording Part 1 and Part 2

August 18, 2022
Meeting Materials |  Meeting Recording

 

RAC County Subcommittee Membership and Meetings

NEXT RAC COUNTY SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING CANCELED 
Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 9:00 a.m.
Notice of Cancellation

PAST RAC COUNTY SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING  
Thursday, February 1, 2024 
Meeting Materials | UPK Qualifying Factors Rules

For previous materials from 2024 Meetings, click here.
For previous materials from 2023 Meetings, click here.
For previous materials from 2022 Meetings, click here.
For a list of members of the RAC County Subcommittee, click here.

Public Rulemaking Hearings

NEXT PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARING
Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 12:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-BV1-0H5RrigEfHKtputPg
Zoom Meeting ID: 867 4548 6400
Hearing Materials Coming Soon!

PAST PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARINGS
February 22, 2024
Hearing Materials | Hearing Recording | UPK Qualifying Factors Rules 

January 22, 2024
Hearing Materials | Hearing Recording | Administrative Appeals Rules | UPK Qualifying Factors Rules | UPK Quality Standards Rules | Family Child Care Home Rules 

December 18, 2023
Hearing Materials | Hearing Recording | Nurse Home Visitor Program Rules | Neighborhood Youth Organization Rules | Abuse and Neglect Background Check Fees Rule | Administrative Appeals Rules

November 17, 2023
Hearing MaterialsHearing Recording | Nurse Home Visitor Program Rules | Neighborhood Youth Organization Rules | Family Child Care Home Rules 

October 27, 2023
Hearing Materials | Hearing RecordingCCCAP Rules |General Licensing Rules | Child Care Centers Rules | Children's Resident Camp Rules | School-Aged Child Care Rules | Special Activities | Substitute Placement Rules 

September 29, 2023
Hearing Materials | Hearing RecordingCCCAP Rules 

July 28, 2023
Hearing Materials | Hearing Recording | UPK Rules

June 23, 2023
Hearing Materials  | Hearing RecordingUPK Rules | CCCAP Rules

May 15, 2023
Hearing Materials | Hearing RecordingECC Rules | SRQIP Rules | CCCAP Rules

April 28, 2023
Hearing Agenda | Hearing Materials | Hearing Recording | ECC Rules | SRQIP Rules

February 24, 2023
Meeting Agenda | Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | PowerPoint Slides | Adopted Early Intervention Colorado Program Rules

January 26, 2023
Meeting Agenda | Meeting Materials | Meeting Recording | PowerPoint Slides | Adopted Permanent Universal Preschool Program Rules

December 16, 2022
Meeting Agenda  |  Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording  |  PowerPoint Slides  |  Adopted Emergency Early Intervention Colorado Program Rules

November 21, 2022
Meeting Agenda  |  Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording  |  PowerPoint Slides  |  Adopted Emergency Additional Eligibility, Preschool Services, and Rate Setting Rule  |  Adopted Permanent CCCAP FPG and SMI Rule  |  Adopted Permanent Universal Preschool Program Eligibility Rule

September 29, 2022
Meeting Agenda  |  Meeting Materials  |  Meeting Recording  |  PowerPoint Slides  |  Emergency CCCAP Rule - Adopted  |  Emergency UPK Eligibility Rule - Adopted

 

Written Comments, Testimony, and Resources

Written Comments and Public Testimony
Members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments and/or public testimony regarding any rule(s) under consideration by CDEC. 

Please email CDEC_Rulemaking@state.co.us to share your written comments, ahead of the Rules Advisory Council Meetings or Public Rulemaking Hearings. All written comments will be posted publicly and shared with the Rules Advisory Council members and Executive Director ahead of the discussion on each rule. Please provide your written comments at least one day in advance of the meeting or hearing. 

To provide public comments/testimony at the Rules Advisory Council meeting or the Public Rulemaking Hearing, please register here at least one day in advance of the meeting or hearing.  

If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the forms above, please contact CDEC_Rulemaking@state.co.us

Cost-Benefit Analysis
A member of the public may contact the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) - Colorado Office of Policy Research and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR) to request a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) from CDEC for any proposed new or amended rule(s).

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies provides a mechanism for citizens to receive Notices of Proposed Rulemaking in their areas of interest. When you sign up to receive Regulatory Notices, you are provided with information on the proposed rules, its public hearing and an effortless way to request that the rulemaking agency complete a cost-benefit analysis of the new or amended rule(s).

Visit the DORA-COPRRR website for more information.

Accommodations
CDEC is committed to providing equal access to our meetings for all participants. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation to attend a public rulemaking hearing, please contact Elena Kemp at Elena.kemp@state.co.us with your request by the close of business at least one week in advance of a meeting.

CDEC Regulatory Agenda and Rule Tracker

Departmental Regulatory Agenda
Pursuant to section 2-7-203(4), C.R.S., each department shall file a Departmental Regulatory Agenda (Regulatory Agenda) with the staff of the legislative council, who distributes the Regulatory Agenda to the applicable committee of reference prior to any departmental presentations. Each department shall also post its Regulatory Agenda on its website, and submit its Regulatory Agenda to the Colorado Secretary of State for publication in the Colorado Register. Annual Departmental Regulatory Agendas are published in the November 10th issues of the Colorado Register.

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) filed and submitted its 2024 Regulatory Agenda to the Colorado Secretary of State on October 31, 2023, and staff of the legislative council on November 1, 2023. Please review the CDEC 2024 Regulatory Agenda for more information on the rules CDEC is planning to consider for implementation during the 2024 calendar year. Click here to review previous Regulatory Agendas submitted by the Department.

Rule Tracker
The purpose of the Rule Tracker below is to inform the public of all potential proposed rule/amendment(s) before the Notice of the Rulemaking Hearing is filed with the Colorado Secretary of State (SOS) and Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) - Colorado Office of Policy, Research, and Regulatory Reform (COPRRR). It serves as a "real-time" Departmental Regulatory Agenda, to provide information to interested stakeholders, promote public awareness, increase participation, and support transparency of CDEC's rulemaking proceedings. Adopted rule/amendment(s) will remain listed on this database, for the full calendar year.

(To enlarge, click on the CDEC Rule Tracker (link) or "Looker Studio" icon on the bottom right corner of the CDEC Rule Tracker)