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Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative

The state has taken courageous efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and “flatten the curve” by closing bars, restaurants, ski resorts and gyms. Our hope is that these necessary precautions will give our health care workers, including critical support staff, and emergency first responders enough time and capacity to build the infrastructure we need to contain the virus. However, we know that approximately 80,000 of those emergency workers have young children and without child care, many of them will not be able to return to the jobs that are most crucial to containing the spread of the virus.

It is for that reason that Governor Polis called together a group of early childhood providers, advocacy groups, school districts and foundations to partner with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to establish a system of emergency child care for our most essential workers.

Who is covered?

The emergency program is meant to target and serve the children of the employees who are most essential to containing and treating the virus and protecting our most vulnerable populations.

  • Health care providers and staff: Doctors, nurses, and all hospital support personnel, including maintenance and janitorial staff, who are so essential to maintaining our health system. 
  • Public safety: Police, firefighters, EMT. 
  • Staff supporting critically at-risk populations: Long-term care facilities, mental health facilities, residential facilities subject to available capacity.  

How can I learn more and apply?

  • If you are a family who meets the criteria above, you can fill out the application for child care
  • If you are a provider who is willing to open your facility to accommodate these critical workers, or you are an educator willing to help serve this population you can input fill out our provider survey
  • If you have questions or need additional help, dial 2-1-1 and select the option for child care. Please mention you are an emergency and essential worker looking for child care. 
  • For further questions on the program, you can email:
    Steffanie Clothier
    Gary Community Investments

Youth 'One Book, One Denver' at Recreation Centers

Arts and Venues will be donating books and activity guides from their Youth One Book One Denver program. The books and activity guides will be available for pick up with dinner at the following rec centers starting Wednesday, 3/18/2020

  • Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center
    4890 Argonne Way
    Denver, CO 80249
  • Montbello Recreation Center
    15555 E 53rd Ave.
    Denver, CO 80239
  • Swansea Recreation Center
    2650 E 49th Ave.
    Denver, CO 80216
  • Harvey Park Recreation Center
    2120 S Tennyson Way
    Denver, CO 80219
  • Eisenhower Recreation Center
    4300 E Dartmouth Ave.
    Denver, CO 80222