Message from Board of Commissioners in Support of Gov. Polis Statewide Mask Order

Childcare Resources

Frequently Used Childcare Resources

Avid4Adventure Staff Members Available: Avid4Adventure camp staff members, from across the U.S., including Adams County, are volunteering to provide various levels of childcare. This effort is not throughAvid4 Adventure but is spearheaded by their staff who want to make a difference in their communities. 
Care.com - Three Months of Free, Premium Access for Frontline Workers: Care.com is providing three months of free, premium access to support your important service to the community at this difficult time.

Childcare Assistance for Children Infancy through School  Aged: For residents living in the cities of Brighton, Thornton, or Commerce City, assistance is available to help pay for the costs of child care if you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 or increased child care needs due to COVID-19. 

Asistencia de Cuidado Infantil para niños desde la infancia hasta la edad escolar: Para los residentes que viven en las ciudades de Brighton, Thornton o Commerce City, hay asistencia disponible para ayudar a pagar los costos del cuidado infantil si enfrentan dificultades financieras debido al COVID-19 o mayores necesidades de cuidado infantil debido al COVID-19.

Childcare Programs Open and Accepting Children during COVID-19These programs are open and accepting new children during this time. Please contact the program to see if they have an opening for your child’s age and the cost.
Childcare Resources in Adams County: Childcare providers play an important role in keeping families, children, and the community safe. In response to COVID-19, this essential support is even more critical to help parents balance work and family. Learn more about the steps childcare providers are taking to make their operations safe.
Emergency Childcare CollaborativeThis FAQ is designed for those interested in the programmatic details of the Emergency Child Care Collaborative. Questions and answers may be changed and updated daily as new information becomes available. The newest updates will be listed on the link provided. Please check back frequently for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions of the Emergency Childcare CollaborativeFor 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:
Map of Early Childcare Providers: Local childcare providers responded to a survey and answered questions regarding whether they are open or closed and their capacity. 
My Nanny SolutionMy Nanny Solution is owned and operated by the childcare providers. They started the co-op to be able to do the work that they love, while also to create living wage jobs to provide for their own families, since they are all mothers themselves. All of their member nannies have received extensive childcare training to provide the highest quality of care for infants, toddlers, and children.All My Nanny Solution care providers are mothers certified in First Aid, CPR, Baby Care and more so you can rest assured your children have the best care available.
PEAKResources to connect low-income families with child care.
Sample SurveyThe City of Northglenn is working with regional partners to assess our ability to provide childcare services for essential staff and first responders.

Childcare Provider Resources

Approval of Child Care Operations During COVID-19 ResponseChild care facilities are essential for the critical workforce during any public health emergency. This guidance provides the minimus public health guidance for local public health agencies and providers for operating child care facilities as safely as possible during our community's response.
CDC Interim Guidance for Childcare Programs - Information from the CDC on ReopeningThe reopening of child care programs is crucial to helping parents and guardians return to work. Many States have closed schools for the academic year and, with summer quickly approaching, an increasing number of working parents may need to rely on these programs. CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs and supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open provide recommendations for operating child care programs in low, moderate, and significant mitigation communities.
CDHS Provider Portal to Register Your StatusDue to the COVID-19 crisis, we are asking that all licensed child care providers register their current operating status with the Department as soon as possible. This includes whether you are open or temporarily closed, as well as other information about open operating capacity such as classroom and available staff..
CDPHE Public Health Guidance & Resources for COVID-19: CDPHE Public health guidance & resources for COVID-19. 
COVID-19 ResourcesThe Office of Early Childhood (OEC), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, created a guide to support your program's response to COVID-19. Use this guide to update your program's practices in response to COVID-19
Childcare Decision ToolThe purpose of this tool is to assist directors and administrators in making (re)opening decisions regarding child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
Childcare Provider Survey: This survey allows childcare providers to give input on whether they are open or closed and what their capacity is at this time.
Childcare Provider - Informational Survey: This survey assesses available capacity in center-based, in-home and private child care options, to help provide backup childcare for essential personnel during the COVID-19 situation.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Your FacilityThis CDC article lists everyday steps for cleaning, steps when someone is sick, and considerations for employers.
Disaster Loan Assistance for Small BusinessesApply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration website.
FEMA Baby SuppliesBaby supply distribution centers.
Frequently Asked Questions of the Emergency Childcare Collaborative: 
Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open:  These additional considerations are intended to provide guidance for a range of child care programs that remain open, including: Family child care programs, also known as home-based child care; Pre-K (Pre-kindergarten) programs at private and public schools; Head Start and Early Head Start programs; Private child care centers; Temporary child care centers operated by municipalities for the children of essential service providers, such as first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and other industries where a parent cannot stay home; and Child care centers that partner with healthcare facilities to support healthcare workers who need child care. This information should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools. This guidance does not supersede applicable federal, state, and local laws and policies for child care programs.General Preparedness and Planning Information found on this site includes social distancing strategies, parent drop-off and pickup procedures, child screening recommendations, cleaning and disinfecting, caring for infants and toddlers, healthy hand hygiene behavior, guidance for food preparation and meal service, information about vulnerable/high risk groups and other pertinent resources.
How to Wear a Cloth Face CoveringThe CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  This article explains best practices of wearing masks and also provides examples of how to make your own.
Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans Immediately Available to Child Care ProvidersFAQ's for Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans Immediately Available to Child Care Providers.

Policy & Legislative Updates

Adams County CCAP MemoDue to COVID-19 Adams County CCAP has received direction and approval from CCCAP and Adams County Administration to allow additional absences to be paid out from Adams County. To ease the financial hardship and uncertainty that our providers and families are currently facing we want to continue to be supportive. 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. Manual Claims will not need to be submitted to Adams County for payment issuance for these absences, as the system will pay out automatically through ATS CCCAP weekly payments. However, please remember it is extremely important to reconcile payment to payment summaries and notify the county in a timely manner if payment is not correct. Adams County manual claims can be emailed to AdamsCCAPProviders@adcogov.org. We greatly appreciated your patience during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything you need so that we may continue to support you. Thanks for all you continue to do for CCCAP families, we truly appreciate you and your staff. Please refer to www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com for more information and updates on the COVID-19.

Colorado Executive Order that includes Childcare Programs: Colorado Governor Jared Polis enacted an executive order that suspends childcare operations for all public and private elementary and secondary schools in Colorado, including public preschools on public school campuses.

Press Release // Emergency Child Care Extended to All Essential Workers in Colorado: Today the Collaborative announced that, beginning immediately, the state will extend a full tuition credit to all essential workers identified in Updated Public Health Order 20-24 issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. This 100% tuition credit will provide child care to all essential workers until May 17. The list of essential workers who will be covered by this care, as outlined in the order, includes:

  • Health Care Operations
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Critical Retail
  • Critical Services
  • News Media
  • Financial Institutions
  • Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Critical Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Critical Operations of Residences or Other Critical Businesses
  • Vendors that Provide Critical Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services

State of Colorado 'Stay-At-Home' Mandate: There have been a number of executive orders and public health orders released by Governor Jared Polis this month and the legal language used can be hard to understand. The State has provided this information, written for the rest of us, about what they mean and who is affected. To review the actual order (including a list of critical businesses), click here

Current Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) Enrollee Resources

 Adams County CCAPDue to COVID-19, Adams County CCAP has received direction and approval from CCAP and Adams County Administration to allow additional absences to be paid out from Adams County. To ease the financial hardship and uncertainty that our providers and families are currently facing we want to continue to be supportive.

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.

Manual Claims will not need to be submitted to Adams County for payment issuance for these absences,  as the system will pay out automatically through ATS CCCAP weekly payments. However, please remember it is extremely important to reconcile payment-to-payment summaries and notify the county in a timely manner if payment is not correct.  

Adams County manual claims can be emailed to AdamsCCAPProviders@adcogov.org. We greatly appreciated your patience during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything you need so that we may continue to support you.

Thanks for all you continue to do for CCCAP families, we truly appreciate you and your staff. Please refer to the Colorado Office of Early Childhood for more information and updates on the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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