Choosing a reliable and nurturing child care provider is at the top of the list of important decisions when families move to a new city. Besides its reputation for top educational resources, metro Denver also offers resources to help parents find the right child care provider for their family.
Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care1575 Sherman St. Denver, 80203 800-799-5876 www.cdhs.state.co.us/childcare/home.htm The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care regulates metro-area facilities and maintains files on the approximately 10,000 licensed child care facilities in the state.
Denver Preschool ProgramP.O. Box 40037 Denver, 80204 303-595-4DPP (377) www.dpp.org 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. The amount of support a family receives depends on family size and income, the quality of the preschool chosen, and the child’s level of attendance. Families can choose from more than 250 preschools in the Denver area. Eighty-five percent of DPP’s preschool partners have earned one of the two highest quality ratings. Visit their website to explore preschools where DPP tuition credits apply and learn more about how quality is measured.
Early Childhood Association of Colorado (ECAC)1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1303 Denver, 80203 303-860-7174 or 800-870-7174 www.coloradoecea.org/parents.html The Early Childhood Education Association of Colorado is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and guidance in the management and administration of childcare. ECEA is the second largest childcare association in the nation and represents over 400 licensed childcare centers, preschools, and school-age programs. The “Parents” section of the site is a wealth of information on how to find and choose a qualified provider, plus referrals to providers in Denver and statewide.
Mayor’s Office for Education and ChildrenThe Mayor’s Office for Education and Children is committed to helping Denver children grow up with the strengths, knowledge, and skills necessary to become confident and successful residents. Established in 1995, the Office advocates for the children, youth, and families of Denver and serves as the City’s liaison to Denver Public Schools.
Mile High United Way Child Care Referral LineDial 211 303-561-2244 Call the city line at 211, or the direct line to speak to someone who can help you find childcare, health, human services, and other resources for Denver residents – free of charge. Families can also email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Qualistar Early Learning3607 Martin Luther King Blvd. Denver, 80205 877-338-CARE www.qualistar.org Qualistar Early Learning is the childcare resource and referral network for the state of Colorado. The network includes 15 agencies throughout the state to help parents take the guesswork out of choosing childcare – offering referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other important information.
Family Resources & Child Care Educationwww.frcce.org Family Resources & Child Care Education connects families with childcare providers in the Denver area, serving the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Park. The organization provides: • Free child care referrals to parents in eight counties • Resources for families who need information on early care and education • Parent education and information about choosing quality childcare • Statistical information for parents about childcare in their area The organization also offers educational resources and classes for providers to meet licensing requirements, as well as support information, outreach, and collaboration with Denver-area communities.