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.

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.

For more information regarding the CKLECC Child Care Group contact:

Candace Chamberlain - (719) 649-3954

Haley Leonard - (719) 343-5008

Julie Witt – 719-775-9728


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


Child Care Mini-Grant Providing technical assistance
and funding to aid providers with licensing


Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lincoln Early Childhood Council (CKLECC)
Julie Witt, Council Coordinator, 719-775-9728 (office),
PO Box 235, 455 1st Ave., Limon, CO 80828