(formerly known as Group Leader)
Individuals who are seeking employment as an Early Childhood Teacher assigned responsibility for a single group of children working under the supervision of a director, may apply and obtain an Official Early Childhood Teacher Qualification Verification Letter from CDHS, Division of Child Care. Currently an Early Childhood Teacher Verification letter is not required for employment.
To begin the process, an application must be completed, submitted to the center director for review and verification with all required documentation including original transcripts. Photocopies, computer printouts, faxed transcripts, grade reports, etc., cannot be substituted for original transcripts. Once the Director has verified the information the application will be submitted to the Division of Child Care for issuance of an Early Childhood Teacher Verification letter.
The applicant must completely fill out Forms A, B, and C (copy Form C for each place of employment the applicant has incurred in early childhood experience) and submit them to the appropriate manager, e.g. Director, Education Manager, HR Director. The manager must perform the following:
Once all documents are submitted, the Department will determine if the applicant meets the requirements for Early Childhood Teacher qualification. The applicant’s original transcript will be returned to the applicant at the center once the applicant’s name has been entered into the division’s database. The applicant will receive one of the following types of letters:
Please Note: An original transcript (though not necessarily official/sealed transcript) from a Regionally Accredited college must accompany all Forms submitted to CDHS.
The following is a list of regionally accrediting organizations CDHS recognizes:
Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications
CDHS, Division of Child Care
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1714
Please contact Patti Silvers at 303-866-3797 or Patti.Silvers@state.co.us.