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Bill Detail: SB21-201

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Title Stricter Transparency & Enforcement In Child Care
Status House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (05/11/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
A. Boesenecker (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/30/2021

The bill addresses concerns related to child care facilities that are
operating without a valid license or are exempt from licensure, including:
  • Adding a requirement for the state department of human
services (department) to include complaints and
cease-and-desist orders that have been issued against a
child care facility (facility) on the department's child care
provider website that is accessible to the public;
  • Allowing the department or a county department of human

or social services (county department) to apply for an
injunction if a person is operating a facility that is either
required to be licensed but is in violation of any of the
requirements of such license or is exempt from licensure
but has received one or more cease-and-desist orders from
the department or a county department;
  • Establishing that a person operating a facility, whether
licensed or exempt from licensure, that has received a
cease-and-desist order from the department or a county
department and who fails to cure the violation cited by the
department or a county department in the allotted period is
guilty of a petty offense;
  • Revising and increasing the language related to civil
penalties and fines for persons operating a facility, whether
licensed or exempt from licensure; and
  • Clarifying that those petty offenses count toward the
withholding of Colorado child care assistance program
money for family child care home providers.
In honor and memory of Elle Matthews, the bill names section
26-6-112 of the Colorado Revised Statutes the Elle Matthews Act for
Increased Safety in Child Care.

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