United Way News
Did you know that the average preschooler spends 33 hours per week in child care? Do you want help finding the best care environment for your child for the times you can’t be with her or him?
Research shows that young children's healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences during the first five years of life. Choosing child care is an important decision that requires balancing parental needs and the developmental requirements and personality of their child. The child care system is surprisingly complex; Child Care Resource and Referral provides a variety of resources to help parents navigate it.
Child Care Resource and Referral helps families make an informed child care decision, so that parents and providers can partner to ensure their children are developing intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically in a safe, clean, and engaging environment.
The program is available to all in Weld County with children. It is completely free and can be accessed by calling 1-844-447-4441 or visiting www.coloradoshines.force.com/ColoradoShines. After answering a few questions about yourself and your child, you’ll be provided with a list of child care providers in your area that best match your family’s needs.
Goal 1: Parents are able to make an informed, educated decision about where their child will receive care.
Goal 2: Child care providers will work to reach licensing standards in order to be put in referral databases.
Goal 3: The community will have an accurate database of child care providers to use for statistical evaluation.