Child Care Centers
Support for Child Care Leaders and Staff during COVID-19
Our Child Care Task Force is working with child care programs in Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties to provide COVID-19 support and resources. Read the May 20, 2021 Update for Child Cares with the latest information on revised orders and guidance. Whether operating a single-skill-based camps that does not requiring licensure – such as a sports, performing arts or faith-based camp – or a traditional licensed child care, this guidance will help you continue to keep children safe. You can also email us at EHChildcare@tchd.org for questions regarding child care programs and continue to refer back to this page for updated information.
All individuals 12 years old and older are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, check with your employer to find out if they have a designated vaccine provider. If not, find a provider on our COVID-19 vaccine webpage.
Watch Recorded Webinars
Include the What to Do About COVID-19 in your Child Care guidance to ensure that your facility is ready to respond. This will be important if you have a COVID-19 positive individual or if a child or teacher is associated with someone outside your facility that is ill.
Continue to refer to the Cases and Outbreak Guidance in Child Care and Schools to help guide decisions regarding COVID-19.
If you have a case or suspect an outbreak is occurring at your facility, contact us at EHChildcare@tchd.org. Provide the name of your center, the person to contact to discuss further, and a brief description of your situation. Please do not include specific names or other identifying information in your description.
- Frequently Asked Questions for Child Care Operations FAQs, TCHD
- COVID-19 Cleaners, EPA
- Types of Face Masks, CDC
- Face Covering Guidance | Spanish, CDPHE
- Masking in Child Cares Health Child Care Colorado | Spanish
- Consultants or In-Person Visits, Office of Early Childhood
- HVAC Systems Video, Boulder County PAC
- HVAC Guidance, CDPHE
- Wildfires, CDPHE
- Cleaning Playgrounds CDC
- A Resource Guide For Child Care Providers During COVID-19, CDHS
- Child Care Programs That Remain Open, CDC
- Schools, workplaces, and community, CDPHE
- Colorado Office of Early Childhood COVID-19 FAQs, CDHS
- Register your program's status, Colorado Shines
- Emergency Feeding, Colorado Department of Education
The current Regulations Governing the Health and Sanitation of Childcare Facilities went into effect on January 14, 2016.
Online Regulation Training
General Inspection Information
Our Environmental Health staff inspects child care centers every 1-2 years, depending on the program. During health inspections, we ensure minimum health regulations are met and provide educational information. This helps to ensure children have a healthy environment to learn and grow in.
Tri-County Health Department does not license child care facilities. However, a passing health inspection is required by the Office of Early Childhood Colorado Department of Human Services in order for a child care to receive a license from Human Services or to remain in good standing.
Health inspections are public record and can be accessed on our Health Inspections webpage.
Routine Inspections During COVID-19
Room Addition and Room Change Inspections
Submit Plans Before Any Construction Begins for New Buildings and Remodeled Facilities
All new programs must submit the Child Care Plan Review Packet. The plan review packet for new construction or remodeling must be completed and submitted to this department for approval before any construction begins. Programs must pay all fees associated with the review and inspections.
- Child Care Plan Review Packet for Remodels and New Builds
- CDPHE Approval of New and Relocated Child Care Operations during COVID-19 | Spanish
- EPA Lead Inspection
- EPA Asbestos Inspection
Once construction is complete, email EHChildcare@tchd.org to schedule an opening inspection. The number of inspectors and their availability is limited. Plan ahead by providing plenty of time to get an opening inspection scheduled and completed. Opening inspections for newly constructed/ remodeled buildings are being done remotely unless major issues or concerns are identified. Our Environmental Health team must give approval before Human Services will issue a license.
Room Addition and Room Change Inspections
Email EHChildcare@tchd.org if you plan on opening new room(s) for your existing program, changing from old rooms to new rooms, or adding an additional room. These inspections are being done remotely unless major issues or concerns are identified.
Disease Prevention and Illness Policies
Illness policies are required by regulations. These policies are in place to protect students and staff from the spread of illness.
Always keep track of illnesses on a log for both children and staff. Tracking illnesses before an outbreak occurs helps caregivers to see when a jump in numbers could indicate an outbreak. Contact Tri-County Health Department immediately to help control the spread of illness.
Other important disease prevention resources
Using Sanitizers and Disinfectants
|Used on food contact surfaces, toys, and other commonly handled items, such as doorknobs||Used in restrooms, on diaper changing tables, and to disinfect areas contaminated by bodily fluids.|
- Find More Information about Your Sanitizer / Disinfectant
- Concentration and Cleaning Schedules
- Emerging Devices Handout
Bleach as a sanitizer and disinfectant
Follow the mixing instructions for your brand of bleach. Bleach that has a lower percentage of hypochlorite will need more bleach while mixing with water than one that has a higher percentage.
- Test each mixture daily.
- Bleach sanitizer concentration should be 50-200ppm.
- Bleach disinfectant concentration will vary depending on which brand of bleach you use. Read the label to determine the right amount.
- How to Mix Bleach Sanitizers & Disinfectants
- Calculator: Amount of Bleach to Add to Water
Required Radon Testing in Child Care Centers
Radon testing is required for all new and existing child care centers. As uranium breaks down naturally in our soils, it releases a gas we call radon. This gas enters buildings through cracks in the foundation. Radon gas causes cancer and it is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. It can only be detected through testing.
Animals in Child Care
Find out what animals are not allowed in your child care center and what is required for animals that visit your child care center.
Poisonous & Toxic Materials
If meeting minimum health and sanitation requirements presents an undue hardship on the person, facility, or the community, then you may request a deviation from the Health Regulations.
For hatching chicks or for portable hand sinks, fill out these additional forms: