COVID-19 Updates and Resources

New from the OEC! Prospective Family Child Care Home Provider Orientation

For individuals who are interested in obtaining a Family Child Care Home license, the Office of Early Childhood has created a FREE 1-hour orientation which will provide information about licensing requirements and detailed instructions on how to submit an original family child care home application including information on required background checks. This class will be offered through the OEC, and will be delivered by individuals on the licensing team through a live, instructor-led virtual session. More info available here!

New Masking in Child Care Guidebook

We are proud to share the new Masking in Child Care Guidebook (English / Spanish).This Guidebook is a compilation of key resources and tips for supporting children, staff, and families with mask-wearing. It also includes sample program policies, activities to engage children, and materials you can download or print and share broadly.

To learn more watch our April 6th Masking in Child Care Guidebook & Clinical Support Huddle

Project Firstline Needs Assessment for School Nurses

CDPHE is developing no-cost, web-based quick training modules on infection prevention for health professionals working in healthcare, school, and child care settings. To assure we are meeting your needs, we are conducting a brief 10-minute needs assessment survey during the month of March. More information on the project and a link to the survey can be found here.

Updated Guidelines for Visitors in Colorado Child Care Facilities During COVID-19

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have updated the guidelines for visitors in Colorado Child Care Facilities During COVID-19.

Access the guidelines here.


As you consider care and learning environments for your children this school year, whether it be a child care home or center, a school district building, a learning pod, or informal groups of children doing virtual learning together, it is important to consider the health and safety of these environments for children. The education and safety guidance will assist individuals in hosting and families participating in temporary instructional learning pods.

Teacher/Educator Well-Being
Support Line

The Well-Being Support Line is a free service for all educators and school employees including, ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education. The support line is available to any educators across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff.  Click here to learn more.



Healthy Child Care Colorado has developed a health and safety toolkit for licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care programs in Colorado in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This temporary guidance has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes guidance required by Colorado licensing rules, COVID-19 Colorado public health and executive orders, and national, state, and local recommendations for best practices during this health emergency. 

For questions or comments regarding the toolkit please email us.

Early Milestones COVID-19 Early Childhood Research Partnership

During the summer of 2020, Early Milestones Colorado collected survey responses from more than 1,200 child care providers; 5,000 early childhood educators; and 11,000 families with children under the age of 12. This statewide research was designed to inform system-level approaches for re-building the sector quickly, getting families back to work, and preparing for future crises.

We are pleased to present complete findings from their 2020 surveys in this comprehensive report.

Child Care in COVID-19 Resource Guide

The office of Early Childhood (OEC), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, created a guide to support your program’s response to COVID-19. Use this guide to update your program’s practices in response to COVID-19.

On July 9, 2020, the OEC reviewed the guide during a virtual town hall. View the recording here

TO ALL LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: Update Your Status with the Office of Early Childhood

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood has created a new portal for emergency preparedness.  The Department uses this information in times of emergency to address critical need and to determine the state of child care across the state. This will also assist the state in determining resources needed to support the sector. You can register your current status on the Colorado Shines website here.

New Guide for Supporting Children During COVID-19

The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood’s new Family Resource is a five-page guide to help with parenting during a pandemic and promote family well-being.

CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at for answers in English.

CO Department of Public Health and Environment provides up to date information about COVID-19

CDHS Update for Child Care Providers, March 2020

Child Care Aware of America is providing news and the latest information for families and child care providers.

No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to COVID19. Families can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877877 to find their nearest sites. Make sure families know these meals are available and where they can find them by helping spread.

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