Child Care Fund
United Way of Larimer County (UWLC) prioritizes access to high-quality, affordable child care in our community. With the average cost of early care exceeding $1200 per child, per month, providing financial support to families with low to moderate incomes is essential to ensure a healthy workforce, that child care is affordable and high quality, and the youngest children are prepared for school and succeed academically.
This investment produces significant returns on both the economic and social health of our entire community.
In fall 2020, Larimer County approved the distribution of $300,000 of Coronavirus Relief Funds to support families who have child care needs and who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
UNITED WAY OF LARIMER COUNTY DISTRIBUTED THE FUNDS BEFORE DECEMBER 30, 2020, PROVIDING CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 162 CHILDREN AGES 1 TO 12 YEARS OLD!
“The generous support from United Way decreases the financial burden for our families, it reduces their stress and allows parents to pursue better income and educational opportunities while their children receive the best care and learn in a loving environment.”
– Gloria Kat,
The Family Center/La Familia
2020 RECIPIENT SURVEY RESULTS:
- 100% of parent/guardian respondents reported ‘Yes’ to the question, “Did the availability of funding enable you to go back to work or maintain work?”
- 100% of respondents also reported that they ‘Strongly Agree’ that their child’s overall well-being was supported by being able to access the program through the financial support offered, and that their family’s stress was reduced as a result of the assistance.
Coming Spring 2022: Larimer Child Care Fund
United Way of Larimer County has partnered with the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County to integrate child care subsidies into the Larimer Child Care Connect platform in an effort to develop a one-stop shop for families to access both child care providers and subsidies in Larimer County. The re-design of the fund and integration into the Larimer Child Care Connect platform has been created in partnership with providers, families and funders. This group is currently developing revised eligibility requirements and an application process which will be announced in Spring of 2022.
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Your donation to the Larimer County Child Care Fund is eligible for the Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit (CCCTC). Donors are eligible for an additional tax benefit from the state of Colorado in which 50 percent of the contribution is deducted from taxable income.
Click here to learn more about the CCCTC.
“United Way funding is absolutely essential to Teaching Tree’s ability to provide our community’s low- and middle-income families with affordable, quality child care and education. With their young children enrolled in Teaching Tree’s exemplary early learning program, families were able to recover from COVID-related hardships and continue their efforts to become self-sufficient.”
– Anne Lance,
Teaching Tree Early Learning Center