Child Care Resource & Referral

To find child care options in your community please contact our partners at Colorado Shines Child Care Referrals at Mile High United Way, providing child care resource and referrals for Colorado

phone at 877-338-CARE (2273)

by email at [email protected]

or by live chat Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Child Care Resource & Referral is made possible in part by funding provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS).

Early Childhood Options, in partnership with Grand Beginnings in Grand County and Small Steps in Lake County, provides Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) support for Summit, Grand & Lake Counties.

To learn more about CCR&R support call Corinne O’Hara at 970-406-3070 or email [email protected].

CCR&R support agencies provide guidance by phone, through workshops, newsletters, and in person giving parents:

  • referrals to local child care providers;
  • access to information about location, Colorado Shines Ratings, costs, hours of operation, and care philosophies;
  • information on state licensing requirements;
  • availability of tuition assistance for child care and preschool; and
  • materials about parent education opportunities and family fun events.

CCR&R support agencies assist early childhood professionals by providing:

  • scholarship and grant opportunities for early childhood teachers and programs;
  • trainings and professional development opportunities;
  • resources and materials to support parent/provider partnerships; and
  • a voice for the early childhood professionals in community planning and system building efforts.

CCR&R support agencies promote early childhood community planning by:

  • providing data and resources about the current state of early childhood in local communities;
  • advocating for families, early childhood professionals and the importance of quality early care and learning.