Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Child Care Collaborative

The Emergency Child Care Collaborative concluded on May 24.

For families who need assistance accessing or affording child care, resources are still available. 

For all families, the Colorado Shines Child Care Resource & Referral can provide help in finding open and available child care in your area, at any time. There are many methods families can reach to out to get support, including:

There will be Head Start programs across the state that are planning for summer programming. Families can call 1-866-763-6481 to find the closest Head Start Program. Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide free learning and development services to children ages birth to 5 from low-income families. Early Head Start and Head Start welcome children with disabilities.

For families that need assistance in paying for child care, the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program may be able to help. This program provides child care assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need child care services. Eligibility is set at the county level, but the Department has expanded income eligibility. For instance, a family of four living in Jefferson County can make up to $57,000 to initially qualify for child care assistance. For more information visit, under "For Families." Families can apply for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program on the Colorado PEAK website at

The final pay schedule for providers is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 24 – Program Officially Ends
  • Tuesday, May 26, 5 PM – Attendance Submission Deadline
  • Monday, June 1 – Payments Initiated and Approved 
  • Wednesday, June 3 – Payments Hit Provider Accounts


For assistance, please contact: 

Child Care Licensing Waivers

CDHS State Licensing Specialist


Please contact the payment vendor Metrix at or 720-580-8730. 

Local Child Care Provider Supply & Demand

CDHS State Licensing Specialist

Health & Safety: Guidance for Center Closures related to Illness & COVID-19

CDHS State Licensing Specialist

Local Public Health Agencies

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 

General Child Care Availability

Mile High United Way Child Care Resource and Referral:

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