Boulder County Joins Effort to Boost and Expand Quality Child Care

Friday, November 08, 2013

Providers will be reimbursed for increasing capacity, making improvements 

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County is joining a statewide initiative to boost the quality of childcare for its families. The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS), along with the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County, has been awarded $195,992 by the state of Colorado to work with infant and toddler childcare providers to improve quality of service and increase capacity at their locations. 

“Quality childcare is an extremely important part of helping families get on their feet so they can move ahead,” said Larraine Archuleta, Director of BCDHHS’ Community Support Division. Among other things, BCDHHS administers the Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which provides financial help towards childcare for families that qualify. “We’ve been working hard to make sure our neighbors know this support is there for them, and this grant will help us ensure there’s enough quality care available when they come to us,” Archuleta said.

Under the grant, funding will be used to increase childcare providers’ capacity to care for infants and toddlers as well as to provide staff training and professional development for caregivers. Funds will also be used to increase reimbursements to providers that improve their services, to build systems for ongoing quality improvements, and to purchase toys, books, and games that help children learn. Boulder County’s portion ($68,000) will be used for incentives to providers to attain or maintain a quality rating or accreditation. 

The Colorado Department of Human Services is awarding nearly $3 million to 20 counties and 11 early childhood councils around the state. The funding comes from a measure passed by the Colorado legislature earlier this year. The “Colorado Infant and Toddler Quality and Availability Grant Program,” co-sponsored by Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Den.) and Sen. John Kefalas (D-Ft. Collins), promotes county cooperation with early childhood councils to build a system to expand access to quality childcare.

“We’re excited to have this opportunity to continue to enhance our childcare system in Boulder County,” said BCDHHS Director Frank Alexander. “Every child deserves to have the support to grow, be happy, and thrive. The more families we can help with this, the better off we all are as a community.”   

Research indicates the first three years of a child’s life are critical to his or her future development. High-quality infant and toddler childcare can build cognitive, emotional, and physical skills to prepare children for school in later years. Quality care also supports families in finding adequate employment and enrolling in educational programs. 


Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist
gboerkircher@bouldercounty.org
303-441-3399


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