Emerging & Expanding Provider Grants – Now Open!
The Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant Program (E & E) was created for the purpose of expanding access and availability of licensed child care throughout Colorado and especially in areas where there are child care deserts.
New funding for the Emerging and Expanding Child Care Grant is administered through the Colorado Department of Early Childhood as authorized through Colorado Senate Bill 22-213.
Eligible programs that may apply include:
• Currently open and operating licensed programs, serving children birth to five, with a permanent or provisional license which are expanding their current licensed capacity, OR;
• An applicant actively pursuing a child care license through the Colorado Department of Early Childhood to increase overall capacity or to increase the number of infant/toddler slots, OR;
• Newly licensed programs that opened between November 1, 2021 and January 23, 2023, that have eligible expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2022.
The application for the first round of E & E grants is open from January 23 to March 3, 2023. There will be a 2nd round of applications open in late 2023/early 2024. Those interested in applying should consult with both their licensing specialists and the ECCLC about eligibility. If you are currently working with an Early Childhood Coach at ECCLC, please reach out to them for grant support. If you do not currently have a Coach, please contact Heather Soderberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.