Newsletter – May 2020
At the risk of sounding too hopeful, it seems Colorado is moving toward opening up and getting back to some semblance of normalcy. Therefore, we want to share contacts and resources that may help guide your plan for reopening or, for those who are already open, support the processes you have in place.
CCHC Monthly Consultation
Our Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) will continue video or phone consultation in May, however, face-to-face trainings may be scheduled if determined necessary by you and your nurse. We are looking ahead to slowly returning to face-to-face consultations in June. Keep in mind that this depends entirely on your level of comfort as well as your CCHC.
Contacting Local Agencies
We know it is difficult to find the right person to answer your questions. When calling your local health departments, ask for the epidemiologist assigned to assisting childcare centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are phone numbers to help with this process:
Health Department Phone Numbers:
- Boulder: 720-776-0822
- Broomfield: 720-887-2220
- Denver: 303-602-3700
- El Paso: 719-575-8888
- Jefferson: 303-232-6301
- Larimer: 970-498-7000
- Tri-County (Adams, Arapahoe & Douglas): 303-220-9200
- Weld: 970-400-2111
In addition, your Early Childhood Council can connect you to resources, supplies, and support for your children, staff and families.
Early Childhood Council Phone Numbers:
- Adams: 303-428-2929
- Arapahoe: 720-974-9630
- Boulder: 720-548-3981
- Broomfield: 303-460-6810
- Denver: 303-297-1800
- Douglas: 720-433-0025
- El Paso: 719-634-8045
- Triad Council (Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin): 303-914-6527
- Larimer: 970-377-3388
- Weld: 970-353-4300
Links to Current Guidance
We continue to seek out the most recent guidance and would like to share the following helpful links.
- CDPHE Safer at Home guidance: Safer at Home: Child Care Facilities
- CDPHE Isolation and Quarantine Guidance: Isolation and Quarantine
- CDC Guidance for Child Care: Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
- Face Coverings 4-24-20: COVID-19
Stringency Appeal and Waiver Request Now Online!
We have been hearing your concerns regarding the latest guidance negatively affecting your programs, for instance limits on classroom sizes, etc. Here is a link to OEC’s new online appeal and waiver process if you have a legitimate situation you would like licensing to review.