Early Childhood News & Updates

TANF for Families Impacted by COVID-19

DHS has funding available through The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program for families impacted by COVID-19.  The eligibility requirements are listed below. In early April 2020, El Paso County DHS enacted our TANF Disaster Assistance Policy and began issuing these payments to families impacted by COVID.  These one-time

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Child Care Survey for Families | SHARE or TAKE!

Child care is an essential part to a thriving community, allowing children to be cared for and educated while families are working.  COVID-19 has posed unique challenges for families regarding child care with many disruptions in both the need for childcare and the availability of child care. What has not changed

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Let’s Appreciate Child Care Providers!

May 8th is Provider Appreciation Day! Here’s how your family or business can help celebrate this essential workforce: IDEAS for FAMILIES! To honor the work and dedication of child care providers across our community, Alliance for Kids invites families to participate in #ProviderAppreciationDay on May 8th in their own special

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Resilient Caregivers Webinar Series | May 6th

Resilient Caregivers webinar being offered by Resilient Futures for El Paso County providers. This 4-part online series is for caregivers and educators of children birth-6 years. Webinar Details: Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) is a program aimed at building resilience during stressful times. As we contend with the ongoing stressors

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How Child Care Businesses Can Survive COVID-19 | Podcast

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is pleased to share a new resource set to help child care centers and family child care home providers think through the new federal program assistance options available through the CARES Act in order to best understand such options and considerations for each respective

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NEW Online Form for Submitting Appeal and Waiver Requests

The Division of Early Care and Learning is happy to announce the Online Stringency Appeals and Waivers form is now live. The form has the same content and questions as the paper form and will allow for more efficient processing of requests. In addition, users will receive real-time notifications on

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Paycheck Protection Program | UPDATE

The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan program to help small businesses, independent contractors, and nonprofits meet payroll and rent needs. Congress has just appropriated an additional $320 billion to this program.  These forgivable loans will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and child care businesses should contact

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COVID-19 | New Guidance on Masks

The Governor’s new Public Health Order mandates child care workers to wear masks at work. In partnership with the Colorado Mask Project and Colorado Department of Human Services, Alliance for Kids will be providing cloth masks to providers in the near future. Until the masks arrive, please use the following guidance

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