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Child Care Assistance, Licensing, and Ratings in Colorado (20-07)

Children & Domestic Matters
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Human Services

The quality of child care and early childhood education (ECE) are key concerns for parents and policymakers alike.  Whether daycare, preschool, or another setting, child care and ECE allow parents to remain in the workforce and improve the school readiness of children.  This issue brief provides an overview of the financial assistance available to families needing child care, briefly describes the licensing of child care centers, and explains where to find child care quality ratings.

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