The Partnership for Children & Families recognizes that providing child care in your own home comes with a unique set of needs and challenges that differ from running a larger center. The following resources are specific to those needs.
Which Home License Should I Apply For?
Business & Administration
A variety of tools for family child care home providers…
Carefully and completely read all relevant child care licensing rules and regulations to ensure your home is compliant. These documents are available on the Office of Early Childhood website (www.ColoradoOfficeofEarlyChildhood.com): Select the “For Providers” tab at the top of the page. Then select “Rules and Regulations” from the left side of the page. Relevant rules include:
- General Rules for Child Care Facilities (7.701)
- Rules Regulating Family Child Care Homes (7.707)
- Rules Regulating Special Activities (7.719)
Make sure you are in compliance with local zoning, building and planning ordinances, and any applicable homeowner association covenants (see General Rules, 7.701.34.C for more information). You can usually get this information at your city or county planning and zoning office.
Resources from Grand Junction’s Chamber of Commerce
Contracted by the Office of Early Childhood to share child care-specific business resources. Trainings and consultations available.
You must report as income all the money you receive caring for children. But, you can also deduct many business expenses such as food, toys, supplies, car expenses, and many household items. You can also deduct expenses associated with your home (rent, property tax, mortgage interest, utilities, house insurance and more). These expenses will significantly reduce your income and keep your taxes low.” –Tom Copeland
Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant
The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program has been created for the purpose of expanding access and availability of licensed child care throughout Colorado and especially in areas where there are child care deserts. Eligible programs may apply and include: 1) Currently open and operating licensed programs, serving children birth to five, with a permanent or provisional license which are expanding their current licensed capacity; OR 2) An applicant actively pursuing a child care license through the Division of Early Care & Learning Child Care Licensing Division.
Currently licensed programs and those who are actively seeking a child care license will be eligible for a grant award from $3,000 up to $50,000 in expenses related to the expansion of current capacity or the opening of a new child care program. Programs must serve children ages birth to five to be eligible.
Child Care Licensing Specialists and Early Childhood Councils will provide support at the local level including offering consultation to prospective programs on how to become licensed, and assisting existing child care programs to expand their licensed capacity.
“Program” refers to both licensed and those seeking a license that are family child care homes, or child care centers serving children birth to age five. Existing programs that have outstanding violation corrections from a recent inspection or be under the adverse licensing process, must meet these requirements before funds can be awarded. Programs that receive 100% of funding from public sources such as Head Start/Early Head Start or the Colorado Preschool Program will not be eligible.
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Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursement for healthy meals and snacks served to Colorado’s children and adults in child care centers and homes, afterschool programs, emergency and homeless shelters, Head Start, Early Head Start, and outside-school-hours programs and adult day care centers. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the CACFP and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment administers the program.
- Licensed family child care home providers can participate in the CACFP through a sponsoring organization.
- When School’s Out: A comparison of child nutrition options (Afterschool Snack Program, CACFP’s afterschool program and the Summer Food Service Program).
- Use this cost-benefit tool to see how your program can benefit from CACFP participation.
- For additional support in Mesa County, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Colorado CACFP Sponsors
Laurie Ware, Kid’s Nutrition Company (Sponsor of Homes)
7815 West 16th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80214
Wildwood CACFP (Sponsor of Homes and Unaffiliated Centers)
12200 E Briarwood Ave #175, Centennial, CO 80112
(303) 730-0460, https://www.wildwoodonline.org/
SOUTHWEST FOOD PROGRAM, INC.
15180 Sun Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80921
P 719-440-8990, https://southwestcacfp.com/
Become a CCCAP Provider
Contact Mesa County’s CCCAP Team for information. If a parent or caregiver has selected you as the child care provider for their children, the county will send you a packet of information detailing the necessary documents and training including:
- A Fiscal Agreement, or the contract between you and the county, which outlines each party’s responsibilities, policies and the rate you will be reimbursed for child care services. You will need a Fiscal Agreement with each county that you will accept children from under the CCCAP program.
- A Form W-9 (IRS) used for identification purposes to report payments made by CCCAP. You will receive a 1099 Form (IRS) at the end of each calendar year for tax purposes.