Childcare Providers: Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked childcare questions on CCCAP, professional development opportunities, childcare licensing, Colorado Shines and more.
Who can I contact to learn more about the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) or for help with CCCAP billing?
According to the Colorado Department of Human Services: The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program provides childcare assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need childcare services to support their efforts toward attaining self-sufficiency. CCCAP provides families access to reduced-cost childcare at licensed childcare facilities or with qualified (unlicensed) providers.
To learn the requirements and benefits of becoming a CCCAP provider, as well as to access necessary forms, visit the CCCAP page of the Colorado Office of Early Childhood.
You may also contact PCF for general information on CCCAP.
How do I learn more about becoming a licensed childcare provider or licensed family home?
Information on childcare licensing and administration can be found on the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website. The site has up-to-date information on the licensing rules, procedures and fee structures required to license different types of childcare facilities, including family childcare homes.
You may also contact PCF for information and assistance with childcare licensing.
How do I know if I need a childcare license?
Check out the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website for general information on childcare licensing, and in particular, the page on legally exempt childcare facilities. The information is also summarized on a flow chart to help you determine whether care you provide in your home requires a Colorado childcare license.
You may also contact PCF for general information on childcare licensing.
What is Expanding Quality in Infant/Toddler Care (EQIT)?
Backed by the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Human Services Division of Child Care, the Expanding Quality in Infant–Toddler Care (EQIT) project works with early childhood councils, infant and toddler specialists, and trainers to increase the quality and availability of responsive care for infants and toddlers throughout Colorado.
EQIT’s vision is that all infant and toddler caregivers act from an appreciation and understanding of their impact on each infant, toddler and family they serve.
PCF offers EQIT class modules and provides college credit for them when possible.
What is Colorado Shines?
Colorado Shines Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) is a method to assess, enhance and communicate the level of quality in early education and care for all licensed providers in Colorado.
This system provides standardized criteria for all childcare providers in Colorado to be rated for quality and provides incentives and supports to providers that wish to raise the level of quality care available at their facility.
Colorado Shines is a blocks and points system. Levels 1 and 2 are “building blocks” tiers, with movement to the next level based on completion of identified activities and standards. To reach Level 1, programs/providers need to be in compliance with licensing standards. To reach Level 2, programs/providers show they have established other aspects of care and education to promote positive experiences. To receive a Level 2 designation, all indicators within this level must be met. Designations for Levels 3, 4 and 5 are determined by cumulative points plus a minimum number of points in each of the standard areas. Learn more on the Colorado Shines Ratings Process page.
What childcare trainings or professional development opportunities are available in Mesa County?
PCF connects childcare providers with professional development opportunities through several avenues. With support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer providers coursework such as Child Development Associate and Expanding Quality in Infant–Toddler Care (EQIT) classes for college credit. We also join with partners to host hundreds of hours of additional childcare trainings for early childhood educators each year. Contact PCF for information on our current professional development schedule.
You can also check out Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System, a free, online training resource that lets you earn professional credentials for career advancement in a self-paced environment.
Where can I find financial support for taking early childhood education (ECE) college or professional development courses?
Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System is an online training resource that lets you earn professional credentials for career advancement in a self-paced environment—at no cost.
If you work at a childcare center or school, you can also ask your director if they have any quality improvement funds that can help pay for your coursework. And check out this list of 25 Scholarships for Early Childhood Education Students.
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