Colorado Child Care Center Shade Rules

Overexposure to sunlight is dangerous for everybody, but it’s especially hazardous to young children. Revised regulations in Colorado aim to protect children from overexposure by requiring child care facilities to provide at least 150 square feet of shade for outdoor play areas.


WeatherPort canopies are versatile and attractive shade shelters that are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

WeatherPort Shelter Systems™ is here to help your child care center protect our state’s most valuable resource. For more than 40 years, our Colorado-based company has created the world’s safest shelters for use at daycare centers, preschools, nurseries and kindergartens.

We offer an expansive catalogue of field-tested canopies, tents, and large shelter systems. Unlike cheap canvas tents from big-box or online retailers, WeatherPort shelters are engineered to safely withstand inclement weather without flapping, tearing, or otherwise failing.

Whether you need a 10-foot-by-15-foot canopy for a small daycare center in Pueblo, or a 30-foot-by-30-foot Jubilee event tent for a large school in Denver, WeatherPort has Colorado-made product that is fully engineered to provide safe shelter from the sun.


WeatherPort Octapae create spacious shaded areas.

At WeatherPort, we use durable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fabrics that block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. High-strength metal framing systems form the backbone of our safe shelters.

To ensure our fabric membrane structures meet our own demanding safety standards, we hire independent third-party experts to test and certify the engineering that goes into every line of our high-quality shelters.

To learn more about WeatherPort’s wide range of shelters uniquely suited for use at Colorado child care centers, call +1-970-399-5909, email, or fill out our online information request.

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