Child Care Response & Recovery Team

The Adams County Child Care Response and Recovery Team is focused on ensuring that all people who live in Adams County have continued access to sustainable, affordable, and high quality child care during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery effort. This includes identifying and lifting policy and system shifts that may be needed, and providing a space for clear, concise information and aid in real-time.

Child Care Response & Recovery Team Membership and Roles

Commissioner Emma Pinter LIsa Jansen Thompson
Commissioner Emma Pinter Lisa Jansen Thompson

This Response & Recovery Team is championed by Adams County District 3 Commissioner Chair Emma Pinter who is responsible for removing barriers, ensuring resources are available, and aligning policy to improve the strategic area. The Response & Recovery Team is convened by Executive Director of Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County Lisa Jansen Thompson. Thompson is responsible for managing the effort and supporting the core team and larger Response & Recovery Team to move the work forward. The Response & Recovery core team determines data baseline and provides support with high-level strategy. Learn more about the Child Care Response & Recovery Team.

Child Care Response & Recovery Team Targets

  • Childcare facilities in Adams County that have remained open will continue to have their needs met (supplies, staff, and funding, etc.)  in order to continue providing childcare for essential personnel.
  • All essential personnel in Adams County have access to child care so that they can continue to serve essential roles in managing the COVID-19 crisis.
  • All people who live in and or work in Adams County have access to sustainable, affordable, and high quality child care during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery effort.

Strategies Underway

  • #1: Ensure essential personnel and their employers are aware of and accessing child care support via the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative.
  • #2: Representatives from industries identified as ‘essential’ are lifting/barriers needs that frontline personnel are experiencing related to child care provided through the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative. This Response and Recovery team is working with the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative to improve the system.
  • #3: Ensure teachers and children have internet access for virtual learning.
  • #4: Lift the needs that child care providers are identifying in real time for PPE, supplies, and resources to entities facilitating the collection and distribution of these resources and supplies.
  • #5: Ensure child care facilities that are open are able to remain open.
  • #6: Prepare for child care facilities in Adams County to re-open (phase 2) and create new licensed facilities (phase 3).

Child Care Response & Recovery Team Subcommittee

  • Summer Programming Child Care: Working to address barriers for child care providers, municipalities, school districts, and other programs to either remain open, reopen, and operate Summer Programming for those who live and work in Adams County.

Child Care Response & Recovery Team Big Wins

  • Temporary County Policy Changes to Support Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) families and providers:
    • Adams County will pay out up to 17 absences for the month of March 2020, up to 22 absences for April 2020 and up to 22 absences for May 2020.
    • Approve providers to submit manual claims as needed for reimbursement of authorized care and allow additional time for submission.
  • Barriers Removed for Essential Workers using the Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative
    • State has expedited the matching process for families and providers with launch of an app.
    • Centura has access to up to date information to provide healthcare workers about how to prepare for and utilize free childcare.
    • ECPAC is now also connecting with outside of the state program for those willing and able to pay for childcare.
    • Adams County Child Care Providers indicated they are willing to open classrooms for school-agers and meet the largest need of essential personnel.
  • Supplies Secured for Child Care Providers
    • A Precious Child has provided ECPAC with cleaning supplies that will be distributed to child care providers this week.
    • ECPAC will be receiving 2,239 masks from the Colorado mask project any day now to distribute to staff and providers. Adams County Government has agreed to purchase additional masks to provide child care providers

Join This Effort

Participate in weekly Response & Recovery Team meetings via Zoom – recurring date and time TBD. Please RSVP on Constant Contact (Link to come soon) if you have not previously attended.

For more information about this Response & Recovery Team, please contact RMC2C backbone staff at 303.656.5178 or jodynowicki@rmc2c.org.

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