Paying for Child Care & Preschool

Child care is a major expense for families with young children.  There are several programs in Summit County designed to help parents access and afford care.

Breckenridge Child Care Tuition Assistance Program

The Breckenridge Tuition Assistance Program (funded and administered by the Town of Breckenridge) offers tuition assistance for children ages 0-5 enrolled at one of the four, licensed, non-profit child care centers in Breckenridge: Breckenridge Montessori, Carriage House, Little Red Schoolhouse, or Timberline Learning Center. In order to qualify, a family must live and/or work in the Upper Blue Basin and have gross income under 150% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

The program operates with an assistance cycle of September 1st through August 31st of the following year. Applications are due during the annual enrollment period which closes July 1st. If your family experiences a Qualified Change (move to the area, new baby, change in work status, etc.) you may contact Jennifer McAtamney to see if you may apply outside of the regular enrollment window.

Jennifer McAtamney – Program Administrator
Phone: 970-547-3124
Email: [email protected]
Please note the Childcare office is now located at Town Hall at 150 Ski Hill Road.  

More information and applications can be found at

Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) is managed by county governments.   CCCAP is an income qualifying program that assists families in paying a portion of their child care costs.   Residents of Summit County interested in determining eligibility should contact Naomi Munos at 970-668-9163.    Residents outside of Summit County should contact their county government for more details.

Colorado Preschool Program (CPP)

The Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) is funded by the Colorado Department of Education.  Children with various risk factors may be eligible for a half day CPP scholarship.  CPP  slots are located at the school district preschool programs, Summit County Preschool and Breckenridge Montessori.  For more information about CPP please contact Shelly Alshire, School District Early Childhood Coordinator, at 970-333-4058.

Summit County Early/Head Start Programs

Summit County Early/Head Start Programs have no fee for families who qualify.  Families with children with special needs and severe disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Early Head Start and Head Start Programs provider comprehensive family services for pregnant women and families with children prenatal to 5.  Full and half day preschool programs are available through Head Start for children 3-5.  Early/Head Start applications are being accepted at the Early/Head Start office located at 330 Fiedler Ave, #210, Dillon or call Adrianna at 970-406-3061.  For more information about the Early/Head Start program or to get an application, please click here.