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What can the CKLECC Child Care Group do for your community?  CKLECC and the Child Care Group represent needs around families and child care.  CKLECC acts as a bridge between the public and partnering community organizations and acts as its own entity.  CKLECC was awarded a grant by the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation to complete community child care needs assessments to identify the child care needs in each community and to identify what possibililities are out there to create more quality child care availability.  CKLECC cannot promise each community a new child care center or more licensed providers; however, it can work to identify options available to make quality child care more accessible.   Ways the group may do this is by finding individuals interested in getting licensed or certified and helping them get on the licensure path or helping find a possible location or existing building that may work as a child care center.  The “ideal” goal of the group is to increase the number of licensed providers or get on the path to opening a child care center in the communities that are most in need.   In order for this to work community involvement is a must and community steering groups will need to be created with members truly committed to the effort.  If interested in becoming a Steering Committee member for your community please call Candace Chamberlain at 719-649-3954. This is a one-time opportunity so PLEASE let us help you! What we can do: Identify child care gaps with the community assessment Preliminary discussions with licensing specialists, possible funders, and key community members Help navigate initial discussions in communities through meetings Identify different funding sources (funders, eligible grants) Create local steering committees Locate possible child care center sites or identify individuals interested in becoming a licensed or certified provider What we can’t do: CKLECC cannot fund or provide funds for licensing or a child care center CKLECC cannot be the grant writer for funding requests for a child care center Benefits of Licensed Over Unlicensed Family/Friend/Neighbor Care State licensing inspectors visit making sure the home or center meets specific health, safety and learning standards. Licensed providers have training to understand and provide activities and environments for various capabilities, interests and needs of all ages of children in their care. This is true for both licensed home providers and center teachers. All adults working with children in licensed care have been subject to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check and have passed. Licensed providers have been certified in First Aid and CPR. To find out more about licensed child care in Northeast Colorado go to  or call 970-848-3867. For more information regarding the CKLECC Child Care Group contact: Candace Chamberlain - (719) 649-3954 Haley Smith - (719) 343-5008 Julie Witt – 719-775-9728
Steering Committee Responsibilities 	Committed Members at the table 	Start a campaign & fundraising 	Create a business plan 	Identify volunteers to do grant writing 	Identify a fiscal agent **CKLECC can be a part of these conversations but cannot act as a member of the committee; however, CKLECC can continue to act as a resource to support the steering committees cause to the best of its ability.
Community Needs for Child Care Survey Assessment Results  Click on the link below to review the Survey Results. Cheyenne County Child Care Survey New - Parent Preference Survey - Hugo Child Care Center Survey Kiowa County Child Care Survey   Limon Child Care Survey New - CKLECC Child Care Follow-up for the Limon Community
Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln Early Childhood Council (CKLECC) Julie Witt, Council Coordinator, 719-775-9728 (office), PO Box 235, 455 1st Ave., Limon, CO 80828
For more information on how to become a licensed home child care provider and the rules and regulations of child care licensing please visit You can also contact Julie Witt, CKLECC Coordinator, at 719-775-9728 or at for more information.
New Child Care Licensing Laws Effective August 9, 2017 The following laws are effective Wednesday, August 9. These changes were made in state statute and are NOT a result of updates to child care licensing rules.Please contact your licensing specialist for more information regarding the new laws or rule changes. Portability of Background Checks for Child Care WorkersHouse Bill 17-1135 made Trails background checks portable, similar to Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) checks.Prior Law: Any child care professional working at more than one licensed child care facility wholly owned and operated by the same governing body (e.g. a school district), was required to completed a Trails background check for each facility.New Law Effective August 9: Employees working at numerous child care or preschool locations operated by the same governing body (e.g. school district) require only one Trails background check. Accessibility of Exempt Family Child CareSenate Bill 17-110 increased the number of unrelated children a home-based caregiver can watch without obtaining a child care license from the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood.The law  will expire September 1, 2020, at which time the Department will review the law and recommend changes, if applicable.Prior Law: Anyone caring for more than one sibling group unrelated to the care provider had to obtain a license.New Law Effective August 9: A home-based child care provider is exempt from obtaining a child care license if he/she meets one or more of the following: is caring for four (4) or fewer children ages birth to 18 years old and no more than two (2) of the children are under the age of two (2) years old. The children are not required to be related to each other or to the caregiver. Note: If the provider is caring for their own child(ren), their child(ren) is included in the four (4) children limit. is providing care for children who are directly related to the caregiver. the children are siblings from one (1) family, and may or may not be related to the caregiver. The new law allows providers who were previously operating illegally to now be connected to community resources, such as training and quality improvement supports, to improve their child care services. Additionally, home-based child care providers legally exempt from child care licensing may be eligible to accept Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) child care subsidy payments as a qualified exempt provider by participating in a background check and yearly health and safety inspections.    Please visit or contact your licensing specialist for more information.