FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES AS RESIDENCES
Ensuring the workforce has access to quality, safe, and affordable child care is critical to ensuring equitable supports for children and families in addition to our economic recovery from this pandemic. We also know many workers in health care and other service industries rely on family child care homes to provide care for their children given their shift schedules and frequent need for evening, weekend, and extended hour care.
This bill aligns fragmented and burdensome regulations simply by requiring local regulatory entities to treat family childcare homes (FCCH) as residences for regulatory purposes such as zoning, fire, life safety, and building codes. Given that state licensing regulations already require FCCHs to meet comprehensive health and safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of all children in care, this change will prevent additional or conflicting regulations from being placed on FCCH providers above state licensing requirements. In doing so, the legislature can help increase the availability of quality affordable childcare within communities throughout Colorado and boost the economy by enabling working families to maintain employment.