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COVID-19 Update: Emergency Child Care Collaborative

The Emergency Child Care Collaborative was created in response to the child care needs of essential workers during COVID-19. Through a partnership of Gary Community Investments, CDHS, the Office of Early Childhood, and the Colorado Children’s Campaign, more than 6,000 children of essential workers were paired with child care providers. Nearly 500 providers signed up to participate in the program which launched on March 23.

As Colorado transitions to a “safer-at-home” model, the Emergency Child Care Collaborative will transition as well. The program’s tuition credit, which was graciously supplied by the Buell Foundation, Centura Health and Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), will conclude on May 24. Parents who are considered essential workers based on the Public Health Order issued on March 26, may apply for child care services through May 17. The last day for providers to sign a fiscal agreement to participate in the program is May 14—apply to the Emergency Child Care Collaborative here.

As Colorado moves into the next phase of the fight against COVID-19, more parents may require child care services so they can return to work. We encourage parents who need assistance to apply for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), which provides access to reduced-cost child care at licensed child care facilities and qualified providers. CCCAP is administered through county social and human services departments under the direction of the CDHS Division of Early Care Learning. Learn more about CCCAP and apply here

The success of the Collaborative demonstrates public-private partnerships are possible and can lead to tremendous outcomes. With this in mind, we are excited for the evolution of the Collaborative and what it means for the future of child care in Colorado.