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I am a Childcare Provider

PCF recognizes that caregivers for young children perform a critical service for society. Childcare providers aren’t just “babysitters”—childcare providers are professionals who help mold children into the people they become. They are essential to our community system.

That’s why we strive to serve and to act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of childcare providers in Mesa County. This includes advocating for improved working conditions, wages and recognition for individuals in the early childhood field—as well as offering providers quality-improvement coaching and childcare professional development opportunities.

Quality Improvement: Colorado Shines

See more information about Colorado Shines here.

Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care

To see more information about EQIT, please continue to this page.

Training Opportunities

PCF connects childcare providers with professional development opportunities through several avenues. With support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer providers coursework such as Child Development Associate and Expanding Quality in Infant–Toddler Care (EQIT) classes for college credit. We also join with partners to host hundreds of hours of additional childcare trainings for early childhood educators each year. Contact PCF for information on our current professional development schedule.

You can also check out Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System, a free, online training resource that lets you earn professional credentials for career advancement in a self-paced environment.

Getting a CCCAP Agreement

According to the Colorado Department of Human Services: The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program provides childcare assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need childcare services to support their efforts toward attaining self-sufficiency. CCCAP provides families access to reduced-cost childcare at licensed childcare facilities or with qualified (unlicensed) providers.

To learn the requirements and benefits of becoming a CCCAP provider, as well as to access necessary forms, visit the CCCAP page of the Colorado Office of Early Childhood.

You may also contact PCF for general information on CCCAP.

Business Supports

One crucial aspect of managing a child care home or center is managing the business side of it! The state of Colorado has heard the need for additional supports. Child care providers are able to receive one-on-one consulting and participate in a training series with the Fort Lewis Small Business Business Development Center. To learn more, please set up an appointment here.

Additionally, you can find a detailed guide on starting a quality child care center here. First Children’s Finance is also a major resource for child care homes and child care centers

Grant Opportunities

To see a comprehensive list of available grant opportunities in Colorado for ECE providers, you can explore this document. Please note that there may be additional opportunities not listed on this document.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to PCF directly.

Continuing Education

PCF connects childcare providers with professional development opportunities through several avenues.

For example, with support from Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County Workforce Center, PCF has been able to offer providers coursework such as Child Development Associate classes for college credit.

It also offers class modules from the state’s Expanding Quality in Infant–Toddler Care (EQIT) project. Backed by the Colorado Department of Education and the Department of Human Services Division of Child Care, EQIT’s vision is that all infant and toddler caregivers act from an appreciation and understanding of their impact on each infant, toddler and family they serve.

Additionally, PCF has hosted and/or joined with community partners to host hundreds of hours of additional childcare trainings for early childhood educators each year. And we can give you the lowdown on Colorado Shines’ Professional Development Information System, a free, online resource packed with information and access to online training related to early care and learning.

Read about one participant’s experience as a member of a Child Development Associate cohort sponsored by PCF: Kayla Kintz on early childhood coursework.

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Licensing Support

Information on childcare licensing and administration can be found on the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website. The site has up-to-date information on the licensing rules, procedures and fee structures required to license different types of childcare facilities, including family childcare homes.

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