Rules Advisory Council

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Rulemaking at the 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. This 15-member RAC will 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 be notified when draft rules are open for public comment, please click here to sign up for email updates. Please contact Kristina Heyl with any questions: kristina.heyl@state.co.us

About the Rules Advisory Council

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. 

RAC Members
Name Organization Contact Information Term Expiration 
Colleen Head Batchelor The Resource Exchange cheadbatchelor@tre.org June 30, 2026
Amber Bilby, Chair Amber's Kids amberbilby@outlook.com June 30, 2024
Scott Bright ABC Child Development Centers scott@scottbright.net June 30, 2025
Amy Buford, Vice Chair Poudre School District amybuford@gmail.com June 30, 2024
Megan Burch Eagle County Government megan.burch@eaglecounty.us June 30, 2025
Nazia Hasan Community First Foundation nhasan@communityfirstfoundation.org June 30, 2025
Priscilla M. Hopkins Denver Public Schools priscilla_hopkins@dpsk12.org June 30, 2026
Cassandra P Johnson Hope Center, Inc. cj@hopecenterinc.org June 30, 2026
Rusha Lev Denver Health rushaplev@gmail.com June 30, 2026
Maegan Lokteff, PhD Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance maegan@ecclacolorado.org June 30, 2026
Marlayna Martinez University of Colorado; Anschutz Medical Campus marlayna.martinez@cuanschutz.edu June 30, 2024 
Heather O'Hayre Larimer County Human Services ohayrehj@co.larimer.co.us June 30, 2024
Frank Reeves Rural Alliance; Public Education and Business Coalition frankreeves96@gmail.com June 30, 2024
Karina Sofia Garcia Sastre Self-Employed ksgarcia99@gmail.com June 30, 2025
T Vail Shoultz-McCole Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College vshoultz@coloradomesa.edu June 30, 2025
RAC Member Bios

RAC Member Bios

RAC Meetings and Public Rulemaking Hearings

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 MEETING: 
Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 1 p.m.

Meeting Materials Coming Soon

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/kvv-xxjv-vwm

Or by phone: 413-931-1285‬ PIN: ‪849 332 579‬#

PAST RAC MEETINGS
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 Agenda  |  Recording Part 1 and Part 2   |  PowerPoint Slides

August 18, 2022
Meeting Agenda |   Recording  |  PowerPoint Slides  |  Meeting Minutes (draft)

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NEXT PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARING:

Friday, December 16, 2022, at 8 a.m.
Meeting Materials coming soon

PAST RULEMAKING HEARINGS

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

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

RAC County Subcommittee Meetings

NEXT MEETING:  
Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 9 a.m.
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mgg-aqyu-zdb
Or by phone: ‪(US) +1 218-451-2031‬ PIN: ‪932 507 720‬#
Meeting Materials Coming Soon

For previous meeting materials, click here.
For a list of members of the County Subcommittee, click here.

Public Comment and Testimony

A member of the public may provide public comment or written testimony regarding the rules under consideration by the CDEC. 

To provide written testimony ahead of the Rules Advisory Council Meetings or Public Rulemaking Hearings, please click here to share your comments.  Written testimony will be posted publicly and shared with the Rules Advisory Council members and Executive Director ahead of discussion on each rule.  Please provide your written testimony by 10:00am on the previous business day. 

To provide public comment at the Rules Advisory Council meeting or the Public Rulemaking Hearing with the Executive Director, please register here by 10:00am on the previous business day.  

If you have any questions or have difficulty accessing the forms above, please contact Kristina Heyl at kristina.heyl@state.co.us 
 

Cost-Benefit Analysis

A member of the public may email the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to request a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) from the agency proposing rule changes, which is made publicly available when it is completed.

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 rules.

Visit the DORA 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 Kristina Heyl at kristina.heyl@state.co.us with your request by the close of business at least one week in advance of a meeting.