The Environmental Health Division monitors the safe and
healthy operation of licensed child care centers. Regular inspections are
conducted to insure compliance with state regulations. Other services include
complaint investigation and technical consulting to improve child care
facility construction and operation.
We inspect child care centers to ensure compliance with
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) child
care center sanitation regulations (141 KB, PDF file) enacted to prevent
the transmission of communicable diseases and to ensure a safe physical
We evaluate the preparation and service of food,
sanitation and general housekeeping, and disease and injury control measures
in place within the child care center. Click here
(212 KB, PDF file) for CDPHE guidelines on preventing diseases in child care
Are home day care operations inspected by the Health
No. Family child care homes that care for fewer than seven
children in a place of residence, and family foster homes are not required to
have health department inspections.
What kinds of child care operations does the Health
The health department inspects child care operations that
provide care for seven or more children or provide 24-hour care for
children. These operations include large child care centers, preschools,
before and after school programs, day camps, seasonal children’s camps, residential
child care facilities, group homes and day treatment centers.
How do I open a child care operation?
To learn more about opening/operating a child care
operation, contact the Colorado Department of Human Services at 303-866-5958,
or visit their website.
Approval from the Health Department, Fire Department,
Building Department, and Planning and Zoning Department will be required. For
new child care operations, plans should be submitted to the Delta County
Environmental Health Division for review to ensure compliance with