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Family Services

Family Services

Family Services is comprised of Child Care Subsidy and Referrals, Child Care Recruitment and Training, the Family Resource Center, Family Resource Schools, and the Prevention and Intervention Program and offers a range of comprehensive services in support of children and families.


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



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 will transfer 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.  There will not be any changes in the services provided. This transition will maximize coordination of local government child care-related services and offer 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, 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 Programs (CCS) for City of Boulder residents. Boulder County will administer City of Longmont child care subsidies. The city will continue to support these programs to insure City of Boulder residents and child care providers continue to receive these vital community services.

Please contact Wanda Pelegrina Caldas at the City of Boulder for information on the Child Care Subsidy Program, 303-441-4059.

Child Care Recruitment and Training Program

The City of Boulder will transition this program to the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC), effective Jan. 1, 2016. The mission of the ECCBC is to coordinate child care quality improvement training and professional development and accessibility across Boulder County. This program provides child care pre-licensing training and technical assistance for Boulder County child care providers. In addition, ECCBC will continue to provide other quality improvement and professional development trainings for providers.  

Beginning Dec. 21, 2015, please contact your state licensing specialist for technical assistance regarding licensing regulations.

For other early childhood provider support including Colorado Shines and quality improvement assistance, professional development trainings, EQIT, Touchpoints, ECCBC monthly training calendar and pre-licensing, contact the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County at 303-895-3430 or

For other training and professional development opportunities, see the Qualistar Child Care Events & Trainings Calendar,

Programs Overview

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

Child Care Recruitment and Training - Training for new and existing child care providers

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

Family Resource Center - Partners with city families to increase family stability and self-sufficiency

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

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.
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