Quality child care prepares children for success!
The brains of babies and toddlers are growing fast!
That’s why it’s important for babies and toddlers to spend time with caring adults who help them learn and explore safely.
Safe Child Care Checklist
Once you’ve decided that a program or provider seems like a good fit for your family, it’s important to visit the program in person.
Download and print the child care checklist for a list of the most important things to look for in a child care program or provider and questions to ask.
Need Help Paying for Child Care?
The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) helps families afford quality child care and reduce the amount they pay for their child’s care. CCCAP supports parents who are working, looking for work, or attending school.
Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.
Is Your Provider Required to Have a License?
Some Colorado families choose a licensed child care program while others opt for license-exempt care provided by a family member, friend, or neighbor (FFN).
No matter what kind of child care you choose, all child care situations – even informal nanny shares – are required to follow state licensing rules.
Click below to find out if your child’s provider is required to have a child care license .
Your Child Care Options
Child Care Centers
Licensed centers group children by age, are larger, and have more children enrolled. Centers have a director and multiple staff. Licensed centers are monitored for health and safety by the State.
Family Child Care Homes
Licensed child care programs that are located in a family home. These programs provide care for more than four children on a regular basis. Licensed child care family homes are monitored for health and safety by the State.
Friend, Family or Neighbor Care (FFN)
FFN care is not licensed but can also be high-quality. Families trust FFN providers to meet the needs of their child and care is provided in the child’s home, or the home of the caregiver.
Head Start & Early Head Start
Early Head Start (0-3 years) and Head Start (3-5 years) programs serve children from lower income families. Programs may be located in centers, schools, or family homes. These programs must meet federal standards for health and safety.
Every four-year-old in Colorado (in the year before they are eligible for kindergarten) can receive a minimum of 15 hours a week of funded preschool. Some three-year-olds are also eligible.