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Public Notice Information

The Department of Early Childhood is committed to informing partners, communities, and families of changes in rules, regulations, or statewide implementation plans. Opportunities to review and comment will be shared here.​

Visit the Rulemaking & Rules Advisory Council website for meeting information, agendas, rules packages, and ways to participate.​

Public Comment: Draft Universal Preschool Quality Standards

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) is developing Quality Standards for the Colorado Universal Preschool Program (UPK), as outlined and required by Colorado House Bill 22-1295. The concepts for developing the UPK Quality Standards reflect statutory requirements, incorporate findings from comprehensive reviews of 26 national and Colorado-specific standards, and include input from more than 560 stakeholders including families, providers, school districts, early childhood councils, and community members. The Developmental Concepts for UPK Quality Standards are designed to ensure that preschool services are both high quality to prepare children for kindergarten, are accessible throughout the state, and across a variety of provider types and program settings, such as school, community, and home-based. 

Stakeholder Meeting Date: September 11, 2023
Webinar Recording | Webinar Slides

The deadline to submit written comments, questions for inclusion in the FAQ, and suggested changes regarding the Developmental Concepts for the UPK Quality Standards was Friday, September 22, 2023.

CDEC will review and consider all public feedback received, and incorporate the recommendations into the draft UPK Quality Standards rules, and add questions and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Once the draft rules for the proposed UPK Quality Standards are developed, the Colorado Universal Preschool Program will email and post the draft rules to solicit additional stakeholder feedback before the draft rules are reviewed by the Rules Advisory Council during the early part of next year. CDEC expects the final UPK Quality Standards rules to become effective in Spring 2024.

All rulemaking material received and collected (including Developmental Concepts for UPK Quality Standards; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ); Quality Standards Crosswalks (previously released in Spring 2023); Preliminary Stakeholder Input Report (previously released in Spring 2023); webinar recordings; written comments; and proposed rules), will be publicly accessible and stored in the UPK Quality Standards Public Folder.

Please review the CDEC Rule Tracker, located on the Rulemaking and Rules Advisory Council's (RAC) webpage, for more information regarding the rulemaking timeline for the proposed UPK Quality Standards rules.

Public Comment: Nurse Home Visitor Program - Draft Permanent Rules

The Nurse Home Visitor Program (NHVP) recently ended the stakeholder engagement period for its proposed permanent rules. The purpose of this rulemaking is to transfer/re-adopt the NHVP rules from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC). The proposed revisions to the NHVP's rules include correcting references to the overseeing state department to the Colorado Department of Early Childhood; updating statutory and cross-rule references; updating rule numbering; and providing a general cleanup of grammar and rule language, where needed. For more information regarding the rulemaking timeline for the proposed NHVP's rules, please review the CDEC Rule Tracker, which is located on the Rulemaking and Rules Advisory Council's (RAC) webpage.  


Meeting Date: September 14, 2023

Meeting Date: September 15, 2023

All rulemaking material received and collected (including webinar recordings and written comments), will be posted on the Rulemaking and Rules Advisory Council webpage in the NHVP Public Folder.

Recently Closed Child Care Facilities

Status: Active Order of Summary Suspension (OSS) 

May 21, 2023 | Life Centered Preschool, Life Centered School Age Program, 567 Marquette Drive, Security, CO 
Life Centered Tiny Toes, 2060 North Jet Wing Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

May 10, 2023 | Tomi Burns, 5213 Golden Eagle Parkway, Brighton, CO

January 30, 2023 | Chaffee County Child Care Initiative The Schoolhouse, 330 Burnette Avenue, Poncha Springs, CO

November 21, 2022 | My Little World Preschool & Childcare Inc., 130 South Main Street, Brighton, CO

September 16, 2022 | Deborah Logan, 3820 Thundercloud Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

July 28, 2022 | Primrose School of Briargate, 2380 Briar Ridge Point, Colorado Springs, CO 

June 23, 2022 | Nicole Davis, 7935 Drifting Cloud Colorado Springs, CO 

May 4, 2022 | Kelli Marie Montano, 6348 Nelson Street Arvada, CO 

May 5, 2022 | Carrie Hicks, 417 Franklin Street, Sterling, CO 

April 29, 2022 | Noemy Cortex, 3606 Windflower Circle, Colorado Springs, CO

February 11, 2022 | Anna Carpenter, 16945 6450 Road, Montrose, CO 

January 10, 2022 | Jennifer Inman, 2912 Bunting Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 

December 29, 2021 | Natania Boursiquot, 9750 Desert Lily Circle, Colorado Springs, CO 

September 10, 2021 | Sandra Silva Montoya, 1607 South Quitman Street, Denver, CO

July 9, 2021 |  Zdravka Mollov, 1468 55th Street, Boulder, CO

May 6, 2021 | Tammy Paulson, 1165 Glencoe Street, Denver, CO 

May 6, 2021 | Kristy Hart, 9356 2010 Road, Austin, CO

April 7, 2021 | Tuesday Dixon, 10756 West 65th Place, Arvada, CO 

October 28, 2020 | Stephanie and Michael King, 10149 Neighbor's Parkway, Firestone, CO

September 15, 2020 | Ricci Williams, 7320 Windy Peak Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

November 14, 2019 | Counterpoint School, 611 N. Royer Street, Colorado Springs, CO

November 14, 2019 | Carla Faith, 838 1/2 E Willamette Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 

September 23, 2019 | Tess Werner, 1141 RIdge Street, Montrose, CO 

Status: License has been Revoked, Denied Renewal or the Facility Closed Voluntarily Following Summary Suspension

January 06, 2023 | Elicia Applegate, 5280 Road 21, Cortez, CO 

December 05, 2022 | Le Fun Company, 17874 Cottonwood Drive, Parker, CO

August 22, 2022 | Teresa Werner,1141 Ridge Street, Montrose, CO

December 23, 2020 | Razz Ma Tazz Early Learning, 524 29 Road, Grand Junction, CO

June 11, 2020 | Angelika Bermudez, 4212 1900 Road, Delta, CO

June 1, 2020 | Keri Durnen, 11772 Elizabeth Circle, Thornton, CO

May 12, 2020 | The Kingdom Learning Center, 1770 South Buckley Road Unit 7, Aurora, CO

March 9, 2020 | Yvonne Lewis, 4747 South Salida Court, Aurora, CO

December 11, 2019 | Dorothy Johnson, 5345 Titan Court, Denver, CO 

Status: Preliminary or Permanent Injunction Filed Against Unlicensed Child Care

July 28, 2023 | Lisa Olsmtead, 2757 Acacia Ave, Rifle, CO

April 18, 2023 | Shannon Lattin, 606 Marmalade Drive, CO

October 26, 2022 | Juliana Reigal, Carolina O'Connell and BE WILD INC., Boulder, CO 

August 26, 2022 | King's Kids Learning Center and Dawn Thurber, Littleton, CO 

June 14, 2022 | Kaylen Grimm, Castle Rock, CO 

May 31, 2022 | Charity Grunig, Castle Rock, CO 

April 28, 2022 | Stacey Hart, Denver, CO 

April 28, 2022 | Khloe Shannon, Denver, CO 

June 10, 2021 | Dana McNair, 270 S Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, CO 

May 27, 2021 | Kristy Hart, Delta, CO 

December 3, 2020 | Amanda Anderson, Lone Tree, CO 

January 24, 2020 | Toni Stevens, 2781 Ceylon Street, Aurora, CO 

Questions? Contact the Department of Early Childhood:

Phone: 1-800-799-5876
Fax: 303-866-4453