Child Care

Childcare

PLEASE NOTE OUR MODIFIED IN-PERSON HOURS:

Customer support is available daily during regular business hours, Monday- Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm via phone at 719-578-3199, option 3 and via email at [email protected]. The Environmental Health Office is now open for walk-ins and appointments Mondays and Thursdays ONLY from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The office will remain closed to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

We continue to encourage electronic applications which must be submitted through [email protected]. You will be contacted by a member of our administrative team regarding payments for electronic applications.  Paper applications and physical payments can also be submitted and placed in our EH Drop Box located outside of the Environmental Health Office or turned in during our open office hours. Acceptable forms of payment include credit, checks, and money orders. Cash not accepted. 

We help protect children and staff from foodborne illness and other infectious diseases by inspecting child care facilities, providing education about proper hand washing, sanitizing and food handling.

El Paso County has over 360 licensed child care facilities.  Environmental Health Specialists inspect child care facilities to assure compliance with the Colorado Regulations Governing Health and Sanitation of Child Care Facilities. We also investigate consumer complaints, assist with illness investigations and conduct thorough reviews of plans for new and remodeled facilities. 

Disease prevention in child care facilities

  • Recommended vaccines for child care workers
  • View The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) Child Care Website
  • Guidelines regarding infectious disease in child care facilities
  • Fact Sheet Bleach Concentrations: Sanitizing and Disinfection
  • Guidelines for use of hand sanitizers at child care facilities
  • Colorado regulations governing sanitation and health at child care centers

Inspections

Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected], mailed, or delivered to the Environmental Health Office.