Child Care Referrals
The Child Care Subsidy and Referrals (CCSR) Program provides information and referrals to licensed (homes and centers) child care, preschools, and other services for children and families. This is a free service and is available to all residents of Boulder County (Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Niwot, and Nederland).
Free child care search and consultation
Families may access referrals by calling either 303-441-3544 or 303-441-4411. You can also stop by our office at 2160 Spruce Street in Boulder Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All information discussed is confidential. Families may also search for child care using the Office of Early Childhood Colorado Shines website at the link below.
Child Care Referral Program Disclaimer
All of the referred providers are licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Early Care and Learning. Beyond verifying licenses, our office does not endorse or recommend any providers, nor do we monitor quality or screen provider files. Only the parent can determine whether a particular child care arrangement is appropriate for their child. It is up to the parent to monitor any child care setting that they choose for their child. Locating the best possible care for your child can take time. "Working Your Way through the Child Care Maze" can be used as a guide when interviewing and visiting providers. We highly encourage you to ask for and to check references. Never leave your child in any center or home if you are told that parents are not welcome to drop in at any time, unannounced. Never leave your child anywhere without having spent some time with the prospective child care provider. The Colorado Department of Human Services –Office of Early Childhood keeps a file including licensing records and information about complaints and violations for each licensed home and center. These files are open to the public, and we encourage you to take the time to view Summary Sheet of Licensing History Report and the most recent Report of Inspection on the providers you are considering prior to making a decision about your child's care. The Summary Sheet of Licensing History will list complaints and/or negative licensing actions that a provider has had. A more detailed report can also be requested specific to a given complaint number. To request these licensing reports, call 303-866-3755 or visit http://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/.
Child Care Provider Exclusion and Complaint Policy
Our office reserves the right to select any licensed child care provider for referrals or remove from our referral database at our discretion. Refer to our complaint guidelines for details. Our office maintains an effective system for documenting and responding to complaints about child care providers. Our office is dedicated to building quality child care supply by supporting child care providers. Our staff are mandatory reporters and follow mandatory reporting laws and unless required by law to report, this information will not be shared.
Funding support is provided by the City of Boulder, Foothills United Way and Qualistar Colorado. Funding is also provided by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Early Care and Learning as the lead agency in Colorado for administering the Child Care and Development Funds available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Child Care Referral Resources
- Average Child Care Costs in Boulder County
- Colorado Adult to Child Ratios
- Colorado Early Learning Guidelines
- Colorado Office of Early Childhood: Colorado Shines Child Care Search Tool
- Four Steps to Finding Quality Care
- Help Paying for Child Care
- Look Up Provider Summary Sheet of Licensing History
- Provider Complaint Policy
- Provider Reference Check List
- Working Through the Child Care Maze