United Way News
Did you know that children score better on intelligence and social competence tests when their caregivers have higher levels of child-related training and formal education? Do you want to become a licensed infant and toddler child care provider?
There are almost 20,000 children under the age of five years in Weld County. There are only 216 child care programs licensed to accept children under the age of two years, with a total capacity for 343 infants less than 12 months and for 556 toddlers between 12 and 24 months. The vast majority of the infants and toddlers in Weld County do not have access to licensed child care.
Expanding Quality in Infant and Toddler Care (EQIT) provides a training twice a year that includes 48 hours of curriculum, teaching infant and toddler brain development, responsive caregiving, emotional development, motor development, language and literacy, understanding and respecting culture, inclusion/special needs, safe and healthy environments, and more.
EQIT is available to everyone in Weld County. Participants may enroll through United Way for free certification, and/or through Aims Community College to earn college credit. Tuition grants are often available. Upon completion of the training, participants will meet the state education requirements for a number of child care licenses.
The Colorado Department of Education maintains data for all participants.
Goal 1: There will be more licensed child care slots for infants and toddlers in Weld County.
Goal 2: The licensed slots available to infants and toddlers in Weld County will be of a high quality.
Goal 3: More children in Weld County will be ready to enter Kindergarten.