- Providers in contracted sites need sufficient lead time in order to plan with confidence.
- Ideally, district advisory councils would make their decisions and notify contractors before the end of the previous school year.
- The number of students allocated to each site should match the number requested by that site whenever possible.
- Parents should be provided with information regarding the number and location of contracted sites, so that their choice can be honored whenever possible.
- Parents should be encouraged to visit sites before making a decision.
- All providers, including public schools, must be licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services.
- District advisory councils should make every effort to identify sites that are able to provide full-day, full-year services to meet the needs of working parents. This is especially important with welfare reform.
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Frequently asked question: Can we contract with a religiously-based program?
Sections 7 and 8 of Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Colorado address the subject. Section 7 provides as follows:
“Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or monies whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution, controlled by any church or sectarian denomination whatsoever; nor shall any grant or donation of land, money or other personal property ever be made by the state, or any such public corporation to any church, for any sectarian purpose.”
Section 8 of Article IX provides in part as follows: “No sectarian tenets or doctrines shall ever be taught in the public school...”
If you have questions after reading the language of the Constitution, show this to your attorney for a professional interpretation.