Parents & Caregivers

Attention all Douglas County Child Care Providers!

Are you taking or interested in taking virtual or online continuing education units to support the children in your classroom or child care home? The Douglas County Early Childhood Council would like to support you in your effort by reimbursing you for qualified coursework.

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DCECC Scholarship Application

Early Educators: Are you thinking about continuing your education in the field of early childhood?
DCECC is offering a scholarship program to financially support this journey. This scholarship covers online and in-person training that count toward your CEU’s as well as college level ECE coursework.
Click here for more information:

DCECC Scholarship Application v.3

Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant

This opportunity is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions.

Resources from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC)

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Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood:

OEC Child Care Licensing & Administration

OEC Background Checks

OEC Colorado Child Care Assistance Program

OEC Health & Safety Requirements:

OEC Quality Initiatives

OEC Rules & Regulations

OEC Supports, Resources & Guides

OEC Professional Certifications

OEC Training

Colorado Shines Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS):
As an early childhood professional, you know the early years are a critical period in a child’s learning and development. Colorado Shines is a quality rating and improvement system for all of Colorado’s licensed early learning programs. It encourages and supports programs to improve their quality and to connect with families looking for quality care for their children.  By participating in Colorado Shines, early learning programs demonstrate their commitment to quality and continual improvement. Quality early learning programs help children start early and start strong.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (PDIS): The Colorado Shines Professional Development Information System (PDIS) is a web-based system providing free and easy access to professional development courses. This system tracks training and education, provides high-quality online professional development, and helps individuals select a professional development path according to their competency level, their professional development goals, their job or role, and their geographic location.  Through the Colorado Shines PDIS, online courses, scholarships, opportunities to connect with other early childhood professionals and other resources are provided at no cost to you. The Colorado Shines PDIS also calculates your Early Childhood Professional Credential level.
View the PDIS Course Catalog.

Colorado’s Early Learning and Development Guidelines describe a child’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old and provide practical tips and fun ideas that anyone can use to support young children’s healthy development.



ACC and the Early Childhood Education Department faculty are committed to providing you with a wide variety of academic pathways, and a strong foundation that meets your career goals in early care and education as well as other related fields.


EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children): EPIC is about business leaders supporting early childhood through advocacy and workplace initiatives

EPIC TOOLKIT FOR EMPLOYERS: This toolkit provides the business sector with the resources and knowledge needed to be part of the solution to enhance Colorado’s early childhood environment.

Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC):
With EPIC’s advocacy efforts, the 2018 Colorado General Assembly extended CCTC through 2025.  Colorado taxpayers have donated more than $50M per year since its reinstatement in 2015. EPIC also actively engaged to increase the child care services tax credit for families with child care expenses.

Heckman Equation:
online resource for policymakers, advocates and organizations promoting early childhood education and development. (Note: There are several short but very good video clips on this website).

Colorado Children’s Campaign:
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado.

Kids Count Report:
KIDS COUNT in Colorado! examines child well-being trends in this comprehensive report on child well-being.


Approximately 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics is designed to help reduce those numbers. They recommend supine positioning (baby on its back), the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. Additional recommendations for SIDS reduction include breastfeeding, avoidance of exposure to smoke, alcohol, and illicit drugs, routine immunization, and the use of a pacifier. The recommendations and strength of evidence for each recommendation are included in this policy statement. Read more:

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