Finding the right child care provider is one of the most important decision families make when they move to a new city.  Luckily, Denver offers numerous child care resources designed to help parents find the right type of care for your child.

Colorado Bright Beginnings
Bright by Three

303-433-6200 or 877-927-6935

Bright by Three equips families with
tools to promote their child’s healthy
development through the most pivotal
stages of growth during the earliest years
of life. The organization partners with
pediatricians, researchers and other child
development experts to design program
materials in English and Spanish. They
serve more than 25,000 families across the
state free of charge each year through home
and group visits and kits for families that
include handbooks and materials targeted
at the age of the child.

Colorado Office of Early Childhood

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood
(OEC) provides collaborative leadership to
align resources for children, families and
early childhood professionals to best prepare
Coloradoans for future success, through access
to coordinated and quality early childhood
programs and family supports. OEC has
two divisions: The Division of Early Care
and Learning Services and The Division of
Community and Family Support.

Denver Preschool Program
303-595-4DPP (377);

The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) is a
non-profit organization funded by Denver’s
preschool sales tax that makes quality
preschool possible for all 4-year-olds living
in Denver. DPP’s tuition support helps ALL
Denver families – regardless of income or
neighborhood – pay for high-quality preschool.
Families can choose from more than 250
preschools in the Denver area. Nearly 80
percent of DPP’s 250 preschool partners have
earned a quality rating of Level 3 or higher on
the Colorado Shines rating scale.

Early Childhood Education Association
303-860-7174 or 800-870-7174

The Early Childhood Education
Association of Colorado is a non-profit
organization dedicated to providing support
and guidance in the management and
administration of child care centers. The
organization’s members include licensed
child care centers, encompassing single
and multiple centers, profit and non-profit
centers, faith-based and secular centers,
preschool and school-age programs.

The Office of Children’s Affairs

Established in 1995, the Office for of
Children’s Affairs is committed to supporting
city agencies, the community and its service
providers to ensure that: all children have
their basic needs met, all children are
ready for kindergarten, and all children
and youth have the opportunity to succeed
academically and professionally. The Office
is involved in programs including Denver
Great Kids Head Start, Youth One Book
One Denver replace with: out-of-school-time
programs and Denver’s Summer Food and
After School Meal programs.

Mile High United Way Childcare
Referral Line
Dial 211, 303-561-2244

The Mile High United Way Colorado Shines
Child Care Referral service available by
phone by dialing 2-1-1 provides free referrals
to licensed child care centers and in-home
child care providers in the area of the caller’s
request. The service also provides consumer
education about how to recognize and select
quality child care.

Qualistar Colorado Early Learning

Qualistar Early Learning is dedicated
to advancing quality early childhood
education across Colorado through
training, assessments, grants, scholarships
and technical assistance to early childhood
education providers. Qualistar works
with early childhood programs that have
rated low on the Colorado Shines Quality
Rating Improvement System (QRIS)
to support the ongoing development of
their teachers and leaders and to offer the
needed funding and technical assistance
to improve the quality and safety of their
learning environments.

Finding the right child care is just as important as finding the right house.  Be sure to utilize all of the child care resources available when choosing child care in Denver.