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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com June 30, 2026 Amber Bilby, Chair Amber's Kids firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2024 Scott Bright ABC Child Development Centers email@example.com June 30, 2025 Amy Buford, Vice Chair Poudre School District firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2024 Megan Burch Eagle County Government email@example.com June 30, 2025 Nazia Hasan Community First Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2025 Priscilla M. Hopkins Denver Public Schools email@example.com June 30, 2026 Cassandra P Johnson Hope Center, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2026 Rusha Lev Denver Health email@example.com June 30, 2026 Maegan Lokteff, PhD Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2026 Marlayna Martinez University of Colorado; Anschutz Medical Campus email@example.com June 30, 2024 Heather O'Hayre Larimer County Human Services firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2024 Frank Reeves Rural Alliance; Public Education and Business Coalition email@example.com June 30, 2024 Karina Sofia Garcia Sastre Self-Employed firstname.lastname@example.org June 30, 2025 T Vail Shoultz-McCole Colorado Mesa University/Western Colorado Community College email@example.com June 30, 2025
- 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#
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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 email@example.com with your request by the close of business at least one week in advance of a meeting.