United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children awarded more than $350,000 in grants to benefit licensed child care providers

United Way’s Promises for Children was awarded $357,647 in state and federal grants to support licensed child care providers in Weld County and increase their level of quality to the children and families they service.

Promises for Children serves as the early childhood council for Weld County and runs a variety of programs through the offices of United Way of Weld County that support the critical growth and brain development of children prenatal to 8 years of age to promote school readiness and lifelong success.

The funds from the grants will be used for systems building council work (Child Care Development Fund), School Readiness Quality Improvement Program, Colorado Child Assistance Program and Race to the Top. The grants will cover costs for increasing quality licensed home and center care, build and support partnerships and build public engagement for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

“I think this is a great opportunity for licensed child care providers,” said Sheri L. Hannah-Ruh, director of United Way of Weld County’s Promises for Children/Weld County’s Early Childhood Council.

Hannah-Ruh said that in order for child care providers to access the grant funds, they must go on the Colorado Shines website at www.coloradoshines.com and complete an application that will show what funding they’re eligible for based on certain criteria.

Hannah-Ruh said there are about 300 licensed child care providers in Weld County, and more than 19,000 children under the age of 5 according to the 2016 Kids Count in Colorado.

For more information, contact Hannah-Ruh at (970) 304-6173 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .