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Worker Qualifications
Group Leader: Must be at least 18 and have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or a 2 year college degree in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college or university; or current certification as a Child Development Associate (CDA) or Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) or other Department-approved credential; or completion of 2 years of college education with at least 1 college course in child development, plus 6 months (910 hours) of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or 12 semester hours in college-level credits in the area of child growth and development and /or early childhood education, plus 9 months (1,395) hours of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or completion of a course of training approved by the Department that includes training and work experience with children; or completion of a vocational or occupational education sequence in child growth and development plus 12 months (1,820) hours of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual; or 36 months (5,460) of verified experience in the care and supervision of 4 or more children under 6 years of age who are not related to the individual.

Provider /Child Ratio
Age Range Ratio For Center Based Care in Colorado
Infants (1:5)
Toddlers (1:5)
2 Years (1:7)
2 1/2 - 3 years (1:8)
3 years (1:10)
4 years (1:12)
5 years and up (1:15)
Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care in Colorado
All ages (1:6) includes family members plus an additional two before and after school children

No more than two children under 2 years of age or if provider has been licensed for at least 2 years with no substantiated complaints, provider may be approved for three children under 2 years of age with no additional school-aged children.

Infant/ Toddler (1:4) or (2:6)
Large Family Care Home (2:12)includes two children under 2 years of age who are siblings of older children

Contact Information
Child Care Licensing Agency
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Child Care
1575 Sherman Street, First Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Phone: (303) 866-5958
Toll Free: (800) 799-5876
Fax: (303) 866-4453
Colorado Daycare Listings
Child Care Subsidy Agency
Colorado Department of Human Services
Office of Children, Youth and Families
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Phone: (303) 866-4426
Toll Free: (800) 799-5876
Fax: (303) 866-4214
Head Start - State Collaboration Office
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
130 State Capitol
Denver, CO, 80203
Phone: (303) 866-6361
Fax: (303) 866-5469

Child Care Food Program Agency
Child Nutrition/Transportation Unit
Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Avenue, Room 209
Denver, Colorado 80203-1799
Phone: (303) 866-6661
Fax: (303) 866-6663
Child Care Resource & Referral Contact
Qualistar Early Learning
3607 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Denver, CO 80205
Phone: (303) 339-6800
Toll Free: (877) 338-CARE(877-338-2273)
Fax: (303) 339-6833
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Division of Child Support Enforcement
Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman St. 5th floor
Denver, Colorado 80203-1714
Phone: (303) 866-4300
Fax: (303) 866-4360

Child Abuse Reporting
To report suspected child abuse in Colorado, call Local (toll): (303) 866-5932.

For national child abuse information, call Childhelp®, 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453), or your local CPS agency.


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