Families & Informal Caregivers

At Denver’s Early Childhood Council we strive to improve the early childhood system in Denver by supporting early childhood educators and care providers, and working to influence policies that make sense for working Colorado families. If you are looking for child care or need help paying for child care, check out the links and phone numbers below.

Looking for child care?

Contact Mile High United Way’s Child Care Options by phone at 877-338-CARE (2273), by email at 211.ChildCareOptions@UnitedWayDenver.org or by live chat Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bilingual specialists are available to help match you with the best, closest resources in your community.

Find tips on what to look for in a quality child care program and use the searchable database to find child care programs near you on the Colorado Shines website.

Need help paying for child care?

The Denver County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps qualified families pay for child care for infants and children up to age 13, and special needs youth up to age 19. Go to www.denvergov.org to find out more about eligibility requirements.

Denver Preschool Program provides tuition credits for Denver 4-year-olds. Tuition credits are available to all Denver families regardless of income. The amount of financial support provided is based on family size and income. Visit www.dpp.org to apply.

Do you take care of children in your home?

We offer free pre-licensing and related trainings periodically throughout the calendar year. Whether you are considering becoming licensed, or are simply seeking basic information on how to set up your home in the best way for child care, you can learn important health and safety tips and get step-by-step guidance on becoming a licensed family child care home provider. All participants who complete the series will receive a health and safety kit.

For inquiries about pre-licensing, please contact us at helpdesk@denverearlychildhood.org.

Looking for something else?

Our interactive Resource Library has links to parent and family resources. Have a suggestion? Contact us. We are always collecting new resources to share. (Submissions subject to internal review before releasing).