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Family Services

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Family Services is comprised of the Family Resource Schools (FRS) and the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) programs that offer a range of comprehensive services in support of children and families in the city of Boulder. In addition, the City of Boulder supports the Boulder County Prevention and Intervention program (BCPIP). 


To support children and families through regional collaborative planning, community funding and quality programs.

Common Objectives

Work in partnership with other community agencies and institutions to better integrate and coordinate services for families and make them more accessible.

Provide programming with a focus on building family strengths.

Analyze community needs and recommend the development of "family friendly" public policy.



City of Boulder announces changes to child care programs

Since the early 1990s, the City of Boulder has managed the county-wide Child Care Resource and Referral Program and Child Care Recruitment and Training Program, in collaboration with Boulder County and other community partners, to address the community’s significant need for accessible, affordable, quality child care. These programs include training for child care providers and referrals and subsidies for low-income families. In an effort to better integrate and coordinate county-wide child care services, some changes will take place to these programs by the end of 2015. All services for City of Boulder residents will continue. 

Child Care Resource and Referral Program

The City transferred the Child Care Resource and Referral Program (CCR&R) to Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services effective Dec., 21, 2015. This program provides referrals for families seeking child care to qualified, appropriate providers. This transition maximized coordination of local government child care-related services and offered more efficient and convenient services for families and child care providers, by combining the Resource and Referral Program with the county Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP). 

Beginning Dec. 21, 2015, please contact the Boulder County Housing and Human Services Child Care Resource and Referral Program, 303-441-3544 or [email protected], for assistance with resource and referral. More information is available at

City of Boulder Child Care Subsidy Program

The City will continue to administer the Child Care Subsidy Program (CCS), formerly the CLIFF subsidy, for city of Boulder residents.

Please contact Melinda Barnes at the City of Boulder for information on the Child Care Subsidy Program, 303-503-6012.

Programs Overview

Family Resource Schools - Broad range of supportive services for families at select elementary schools

Child Care Subsidy and Referrals - Financial assistance and help finding quality child care

Prevention and Intervention Program - Behavioral health services for middle and high school students and their families