September 11th, 2023

ECC SLV's Kathryn Trujillo recognized for organizing a sewing group within the community to help combat anxiety and sensory overload.

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Benefits Research Advisory Committee - Early Childhood Workforce Lived Experience Survey

As part of the early childhood care and education workforce, you are invited to provide survey feedback on your experience accessing and using benefits such as healthcare, retirement, and paid time off. This feedback will be incorporated into the ongoing work of the Colorado Department of Early Childhood Benefits Research Advisory Committee, which are reviewing national, state, and local research and recommending the most promising strategies for increasing access to and use of benefits for Colorado’s early childhood workforce. Your input is vital to ensuring these recommendations are grounded in lived experience and reflect the challenges and changes you'd like to see within your field.

Please respond to this survey by Friday, September 15, 2023.


Comité Asesor de Investigación de Beneficios -Encuesta sobre experiencias vividas en la fuerza laboral en la primera infancia.

Como parte de la fuerza laboral de cuidado y educación de la primera infancia, usted esta invitado/a a proporcionar comentarios en la encuesta sobre su experiencia en el acceso y uso de beneficios como atención médica, retiro y tiempo libre pagado. Estos comentarios se incorporarán al trabajo en curso del Comité Asesor de Investigación de Beneficios del Departamento de Educación de la Primera Infancia de Colorado, que está revisando investigaciones nacionales, estatales y locales y recomendando las estrategias más prometedoras para aumentar el acceso y el uso de los beneficios para la fuerza laboral de la primera infancia de Colorado. Su opinión es esencial para garantizar que estas recomendaciones se basen en la experiencia vivida y reflejen los desafíos y los cambios que le gustaría ver dentro de su campo.

Por favor, responda esta encuesta antes del Viernes, 15 de Septiembre.

Universal Preschool Colorado

Families: As we quickly welcome fall and settle into the new school year, there are still select spots available across the valley to enroll in UPK for this school year. You can visit: to start a new application.

If you have taken advantage of UPK this year, please visit to complete the family enrollment survey to help us help CDEC improve for year two.

Providers : Round 2 information about the Capacity building grant will be out coming soon. Be on the look out for more information. As you are enrolling children, please also be sure to verify DOB and residency and ensure the child meets your local school cut off for your program. Also for any Special Education questions, please contact Tara Marquez at [email protected] or for CDE questions, contact Heidi White directly at [email protected]

Weekly matches are still occurring!

Again, for help or assistance with your UPK application or anything else, please contact [email protected] or call 719-214-6202.

Dear Universal Preschool Colorado Partners, 

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) is pleased to release the Draft Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado Quality Standards for stakeholder review and input. These draft Universal Preschool Quality Standards have been designed to ensure that preschool services are both high quality to prepare children for kindergarten, and accessible throughout the state across a variety of provider types and program settings, including school-based, community-based and home-based settings.


House Bill 22-1295 directed CDEC to develop Universal Preschool quality standards and outlined essential elements. The draft Universal Preschool Quality Standards reflect these requirements, as well as a review of 26 national and Colorado-specific standards, and input from more than 670 stakeholders including families, providers, school districts, early childhood councils, and others. 


Posted to CDEC Public Notice Information

Draft Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado Quality Standards

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Stakeholder Input Form 

Quality Standards Crosswalks (previously released in Spring 2023)

Preliminary Stakeholder Input Report (previously released in Spring 2023)

Next Steps

The Stakeholder Input Form will be open through at least September 22, 2023. Stakeholders may use this form to submit general comments, questions for inclusion in the FAQ, and suggested changes to the draft Universal Preschool Quality Standards. CDEC will review and consider all submitted stakeholder input in advance of submitting UPK quality standards rules to the Rules Advisory Council later this fall. 

The FAQ will be updated on a rolling basis, and CDEC will host a stakeholder webinar on Monday September 11, 2023 from 3-4 p.m. to walk stakeholders through the draft Universal Preschool Quality Standards. Register in advance here. This presentation will be recorded and posted for those who are not able to attend. We also hope to offer an evening or weekend session in coming weeks.

Positive Solutions for Families

Professional Development - Career opportunities and financial supports for you! 


High quality early childhood settings begin with well-trained and well-prepared educators. The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) currently offers several state-wide scholarship and grant opportunities for students who would like to earn a degree, certificate, or credential in early childhood education, and for home-based providers who are seeking funding to start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility:

  • ECCLA’s Back to Work Scholarship Program provides 1:1 career and college navigation and scholarship awards up to $2,500.00 that can be used for several different types of expenses (like books, supplies, child care, and more!)
  • ECCLA’s Concurrent Enrollment Scholarship is for high school students interested in earning college credits and experience in Early Childhood Education.
  • ECCLA’s Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship is available to help recipients complete the training requirements to earn a Colorado Coach Credential.
  • ECCLA’s Family Child Care Home Improvement Grant is available to help home-based providers start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations for their family child care home facility. 
  • ECCLA’s Rural R.U.N. Scholarship Program provides career counseling and tuition support to early childhood professionals in rural communities seeking to earn early childhood credentials like ERS®, CLASS®, National Director Credential, Coaching Credential, and any of the ECE College Certificates.
  • ECCLA’s T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Colorado Scholarship Program offers early childhood professionals a pathway to pursue higher education. 
  • ECCLA’s  Early Childhood Coach Credential Scholarship, in partnership with the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), ECCLA offers a scholarship opportunity for early childhood professionals seeking an Early Childhood Coaching Credential. 

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is committed to the process of ensuring equity, dismantling systems of racism, and supporting young children, families, and early childhood professionals to have a voice as their true selves in our early childhood system. ECCLA’s Justice, Equity, and Belonging (JEB) Collaborative has created a Resource Collection that can support you in creating inclusive environments for children, families, and educators. We have resources created by ECCLA, resources for caregivers and educators, administrators and program leaders, and other community and state stakeholders, along with a list of Equity Trainings and Trainers. Check out ECCLA’s JEB page to see how you can create inclusive environments for children, families, and educators!

Click here to Apply 
Click here for Resources

Resource and Referral


The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance has announced a new grant for Family Child Care Home Providers. The Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant. Below are the eligibility requirements.

  •  Must be a licensed home-based child care program.
  •  Funds must be used to serve children from birth to five years old.
  •  Funds must be utilized to address health, safety, or licensing issues through physical improvement to a facility’s learning environments or maintain or increase capacity.
  • Funds cannot be used for retirement of debt, salaries, or consultants and cannot be used as a reimbursement. If you complete the project before being awarded the grant, grant funds cannot be used as a reimbursement for the project.
  • Applications that request $2,500 or more must own the facility or provide a letter of landlord support.
  • The maximum amount requested is $5,000.
  • Applicant must complete all fields of application and submit all required supporting documentation including “before” photos.
  •  A child care program may receive only one FCCH Facilities Improvement Grant from ECCLA during a 12-month period.
  • Applicant must submit a six-month progress report and a 12-month completion report that includes “after” photos of the funded project.
  • Applicant must submit copies of at least two bids for the project. If your project does not require bids, you will need attached pictures of what you wish to purchase.
  • If opening a new family child care business, must be in the pre-licensing stage or completed pre-licensing.
  •  If application is not selected, the applicant may resubmit in the next round.

Click on the link to learn more on how you can start up, expand, or maintain your family child care home.

Child Care openings in Alamosa and Rio Grande Counties

Are you looking for childcare? Is your child over two years old? We have family child care home providers who want to hear from you! There are multiple spots available in Alamosa County as well as Rio Grande County. Please contact Amanda Atencio at [email protected] for more information.

Opportunities with deadlines


Colorado Shines Quality Improvement Funds


Colorado Shines Quality Improvement funds are now available for licensed childcare programs that are rated at a Colorado Shines Level 1 or higher. Quality Improvement funds are allocated based on program type (center or home-based), the number of classrooms and Colorado Shines quality rating level.

If you need additional information please contact Monique Bosch at [email protected]

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