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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, along with the Daniels Fund,  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.

The Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA) is an equal opportunity grant provider. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, military status, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in any of its activities or operations.

APPLY FOR A GRANT

The Family Child Care Home Improvement Grant Application is now live! To apply, please click below.

Applications are due March 28, 2022 by 11:59 p.m.

Applications will not be accepted by fax, mail, or email and must be completed online. Receipt of your application will be confirmed via email.

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.

Funding Priorities

The funding priorities for the Family Child Care Home Facilities Improvement Grant include:

  1. Statewide geographic distribution
  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.

This funding opportunity is not intended to support the loss of revenue due to COVID-19 or other COVID-19 related costs. If you have questions regarding your request, please contact Shannon Hall.

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 February 18 and March 11. Click on the button below to register for a technical assistance webinar.

IMPACT

ECCLA Family Child Care Home
Improvement Grant Award Information and Impact
2020-2021

Since the inception of the Family Child Care Home Improvement Grant Initiative, ECCLA has awarded $399,000 to 105 family child care homes across 32 counties in Colorado. These funds have been used for facilities improvements focused on expanding licensed capacity, health, safety, and quality improvement. See below for a list of grant awardees.

  • In 2021, ECCLA awarded $240,000 to 60 family child care home providers across Colorado.
  • In 2020, ECCLA awarded $160,000 in grants to 45 family child care home providers across Colorado.

Click on the image to view and download Grant Awardees

Click to view and download the Impact Report.