The already strained early childhood workforce in our community has been increasingly burdened by the COVID pandemic, making finding and keeping staff even more challenging for child care programs. This is why this past summer, local early childhood community partners asked Early Childhood Council of Larimer County to expand the Provisional Early Childhood Teacher (P-ECT) waiver in Larimer County (which was maxed at 2 at the time).

A proposal was submitted to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC) in August to amend ECCLC’s current waiver to allow for 3-4 P-ECTs in a child care program, depending on the number of classrooms and administrative staff. After discussions and support from the ECLC and Child Care Licensing, the ECLC unanimously approved this amendment on August 26th.

Learn more about the P-ECT wavier and expansion on our early childhood workforce initiatives page here.