The application process takes approximately 4-12 weeks from the time your complete application packet is received by the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL) until the results of your evaluation are sent to you.
Complete an application packet:
Download the Large Center Director Application Packet here.
The complete application packet must include the following documents:
- Official letters from employers documenting hours worked with children. The letters must be on the employer’s letterhead and include the employer’s or director’s signature. The letter should verify the hours worked with children ages 0-5 years in an early care and learning program. Hours must be separated by ages – 0-5 years and over 5 years (elementary programs). Hours worked with children ages 5 years or older in an elementary school program can be used for up to half of the required hours of experience.
- Copies of family child care home license (if applicable).
- Official transcripts. Accepted forms of transcript include sealed, official transcripts and official, emailed PDF transcripts received from college registrars. DECL will NOT accept copies of official or unofficial transcripts (this includes, faxed, photocopied or emailed transcripts), computer printouts of transcripts, grade reports, etc.
- Official Transcripts may be emailed to email@example.com directly from the Registrar's Office.
Mail the application packet to:
Attn: Director Qualifications
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Applications cannot be processed by phone, drop-in or appointment. Once your packet is received by the DECL, you will receive an email notification confirming receipt.
Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.
You are encouraged to make a copy of your application packet prior to mailing it to the DECL. Once your evaluation has been completed and a final qualification letter issued, your entire file will be shredded. Application packet documents are not returned to applicants.