The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of 2020 allocated supplemental funds to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to support child care as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Executive Order D 2020 120, issued by Governor Polis, directed the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to access Child Care Development Funds made available through the CARES Act to establish and administer sustainability grants for open and operating licensed child care.
Base grant amounts will be based on licensed capacity, ranging from $1,000 – $3,000. Bonus grant amounts will be granted through a second round and may be available based on prioritized populations or areas of the state hardest hit by the impacts of COVID-19. In order to be considered for one of these grants, you must update your status and information on the Child Care Licensing Provider Status Portal. Click here to access the Provider Status Portal to provide us your operational status as well as detail around the prioritized populations you may be serving.
CARES Act grants will support child care providers with costs associated with COVID-19, including but not limited to:
- accommodating smaller group sizes,
- activities designed to address the availability of child care, particularly those serving essential and emergency workers
- purchasing additional safety and cleaning supplies, and;
- covering salaries and other compensations for staff who provide child care.
Unallowable costs under the CARES Act grants include:
- entertainment costs except where specific costs that might otherwise be considered entertainment have a programmatic purpose and are authorized, and;
- equipment and other capital expenditures such as building improvements, or equipment purchased to make capital improvements.
All licensed and operating child care centers, preschools, family child care homes, and school-age child care centers in Colorado are eligible for these sustainability grants, except programs that are 100% supported through other public funds (such as Head Start or Colorado Preschool Program).
How to get started:
To start the process, programs must first update their information through the Provider Status Portal and identify their status as open and actively serving children. Providers who update their status and provide additional information on the Portal between July 30 and August 30 will receive base grant funding. The Department is finalizing a contract with a payment vendor, who will then contact and collect financial information directly from providers to facilitate the grant payment.
How much will my grant be?
Grants are based on current licensed capacity, not enrollment, and will be at the rates provided below.