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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.

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.

Currently, we are not accepting applications. The next round for funding requests will begin in July.  Applications will not be accepted by fax or mail and must be completed online. Receipt of your application will be confirmed via email by JotForm.

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 4 and March 4. Click on the button below to register for a technical assistance webinar.

IMPACT

In 2020, ECCLA awarded $160,000 in grants to 45 family child care homes across Colorado for facilities improvements focused on expanding licensed capacity, health, safety, and quality improvement.

  • View a list of 2020 grant recipients.
  • Download the 2020 impact report.

Click to view and download the impact report.