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Technical Modification To Department Of Early Childhood

Concerning technical modifications to the department of early childhood.
2023 Regular Session
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

Title 26.5 of the Colorado Revised Statutes relates primarily to early childhood programs and services. In 2022, the general assembly enacted House Bill 22-1295, which established the duties of the department of early childhood (department), relocated early childhood programs from the departments of human services and education to the department, and created the Colorado universal preschool program in the department.

The act makes technical changes to title 26.5 and related statutes, including:

  • Updates language regarding gifts, grants, and donations to achieve statutory uniformity;
  • Allows the department to enter into a contract with an organization to provide early literacy programming and related supports and whole-child services;
  • Adds the executive director of the department to the health equity commission;
  • Adds the commissioner of the behavioral health administration to the Colorado child abuse prevention board;
  • Clarifies reporting dates to ensure the department can complete and report data in a timely manner;
  • Clarifies the department's responsibilities concerning child abuse or neglect record checks;
  • Amends background and record check language to align with current federal and state practices and standards;
  • Clarifies definitions;
  • Updates references from "ICON" to "Colorado state courts data access system"; and
  • Eliminates technical language no longer used in child care licensing.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 7, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    06/07/2023 Signed Act PDF
    05/05/2023 Final Act PDF
    04/20/2023 Rerevised PDF
    04/19/2023 Revised PDF
    04/11/2023 Reengrossed PDF
    04/10/2023 Engrossed PDF
    03/08/2023 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details