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Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant

The majority of Colorado children are cared for in home environments. According to a 2015 report by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families, between 2011 to 2015 the number of licensed family child care homes decreased by 15%. There are many reasons for this decrease, including a stronger economy with better paying jobs available and increasing child care regulations or local regulations that provide challenges the opening of family child care homes (e.g. adoption of the universal building codes by cities and towns).

To address the declining number of licensed slots within family child care homes and to improve quality within home-based learning environments, the Buell Foundation granted funds to the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) to provide facility improvement funding to family child care homes. This opportunity is intended to help family child care homes start up, expand, or maintain consistent operations, increase capacity and reduce the number of family child care homes closing their doors due to financial restrictions.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

If you have questions about the Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. You may also contact Shannon Hall, Director of Workforce Supports.

Applications for the second round of funding are due by Friday, August 28, 2020. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email. Due to COVID-19, ECCLA requires that completed applications be emailed to shannon@ecclacolorado.org. Please do not fax or mail your application. When your application is received a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you previously submitted an application and have not received a confirmation, please contact shannon@ecclacolorado.org.

The funding priorities for the Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant include: 1) statewide geographic distribution with 50 percent of funding provided outside the Denver Metro area, (Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson) 2) addressing unmet service gaps, and 3) increasing capacity and access to family child care home programs. In addition, priority will be given to applicants that serve vulnerable families and children. We anticipate applications for a second round of funding in early-Summer 2020.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WEBINARS

ECCLA will host two optional technical assistance webinars to provide information and answer questions about the Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the ECCLA website.

Register to attend an upcoming webinar from 1pm-2pm on June 25 and July 23. Click on a button below to register for a technical assistance webinar.

PROGRAM IMPACT

Round 1: In May 2020, ECCLA awarded 18 family child care homes across Colorado with awards totaling $69,000 for facilities improvements focused on expanding licensed capacity, health, safety, and quality improvement.

  • Read more about these awards here.
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