Centraide’s Larimer Child Care Fund launches new scholarships

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United Way of Larimer County and the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County provide a one-stop shop for local families to access both childcare services and financial scholarships through the integration of the Larimer Child Care Fund and the platform Larimer Child Care Connect. United Way will provide ongoing funding for the scholarships, and $350,000 will be available during the ongoing application process, which closes April 25. The site is mobile-friendly and applications will be available in English and Spanish. Prices are determined on a first-come, first-served basis for all eligible applicants.

“Access to quality early childhood care directly intersects with our key priority areas of youth, education and financial stability and is essential to a healthy community, a healthy workforce stability and a thriving economy,” said Deirdre Sullivan, president and CEO of United Way of Larimer County. . “The expansion of our Larimer Child Care Fund is our latest effort to not only provide financial support, but to help increase choice for families when it comes to accessing affordable care in Larimer County.”

The average cost of center care for children ages 0-5 is nearly $1,200 per month per child in Larimer County, making it an issue that affects all families. United Way’s expansion of the Larimer Child Care Fund supports families who are not currently receiving or eligible for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and who still need help with the high cost of services quality licensed care for their children. The bursaries will be paid directly to child care providers on behalf of the family each month for one year with the option for families to reapply each year. Fellows will be limited to paying up to 15% of their earnings for childcare.

“The Fort Collins Area Chamber has been honored to work alongside business and community partners to address the challenges of accessible and affordable child care. This is a huge step in the right direction to close the financial gap that so many workers and their families face,” said Ann Hutchison, President and CEO of the Fort Area Chamber of Commerce. Collins. “We are delighted to see Centraide playing an important leadership role in this file.

Through generous community donations, United Way of Larimer County has more than quadrupled its investment in child care access and affordability over the past five years. All donations made to the Larimer Child Care Fund are eligible for the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. This credit allows individuals and businesses to claim a 50% income tax credit for qualified contributions.

Visit uwaylc.orgChildcareFund to learn more, including how to apply for scholarships and donate to the fund.

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