The Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Early Childhood (OEC) has announced the launch of the Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program. During the special legislative session called by Gov. Jared Polis in November 2020, child care was recognized for the critical role it plays in supporting Colorado’s economy. Out of this recognition, the governor signed House Bill 20B-1002, which created two grant programs to support child care businesses.
The first of these programs, announced Jan. 11
, was the Child Care Relief Grant Program, which provided approximately $35 million to licensed child care providers to support their businesses. Now, the Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program will provide $10 million to help licensed child care providers, or those actively pursuing a child care license, start or expand their businesses. This program will help create more licensed child care for Colorado families, especially those in child care deserts
, or communities where there is a lack of child care supply.