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.
Launching April 4th, 2022:
Larimer Child Care Fund
United Way of Larimer County has partnered with the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County to integrate child care scholarships 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 scholarships 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. Below you will find information on the eligibility requirements and the application process.
About the Fund
The Larimer Child Care Fund helps low- and moderate-income families afford high quality care for their children at the licensed providers of their choice. The fund is structured to complement the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), by providing scholarships to CCCAP-ineligible families. This includes families who cannot access CCCAP due to income, mixed immigration status, or other factors. Recipients of the fund will not have to pay more than 15% of their income on child care for an entire year.
Eligibility is determined based on the following criteria:
- Parent/Guardian is seeking care for any child age 0-5 or who is not yet eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten
- Parent/guardian lives, works or is attending in-person school in Larimer County
- Child is enrolled or will be enrolled at a licensed provider located in Larimer County
- Family is not eligible for or currently receiving CCCAP benefits.
To determine if you may be eligible for CCCAP assistance, you can learn more here.
The application period for the Larimer Child Care Applications will be open from Monday, April 4th, 2022 – Monday, April 25th, 2022. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
Click here to apply.
To learn more, please reach out to the Larimer Child Care Fund administrator at Larimerchildcarefund@uwaylc.org or call 970.407.7019.
“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
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!
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.
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