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Child Care Licensing Appeals

Any person who has applied for or been issued a certificate of license to operate a child care facility or child placement agency has the right to request a waiver of any rule or regulation which, in his/her opinion, works an undue hardship on the person, facility, or the community, or has been too stringently applied by a representative of the Department.



Appeal Panel Schedule and Deadlines 


Requests for waivers must be submitted to the Department in writing within 60 calendar days of the date on which the rule allegedly was too stringently applied or created the hardship. Requests must include the name and address of the facility, its assigned license number, the citation of the rule for which a waiver is being sought, and all relevant information regarding the alleged hardship or evidence of the rule being too stringently applied.


The following forms can be ordered online: 


The Department has been given the responsibility to designate, pursuant to the Child Care Licensing Act, the appeal panel members. The appeal panel is comprised of individuals with expertise in health, human services, education, and youth corrections. Written decisions of the appeal panel must be posted beside the child care license. The Panel meets monthly to review appeal requests and make recommendations to the Department.


Mail Waiver/Appeal Requests To


Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS

1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor

Denver, CO 80203-1714


Or Fax the Division of Early Care and Learning - Appeals: 303-866-4453


If a child care facility or agency is aggrieved by the decision of the appeal panel, the facility or agency has a right to a formal hearing pursuant to Section 24-4-105, C.R.S., dependent upon the facility or agency petitioning the Department in writing within 30 calendar days of receipt of the written appeal decision.


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