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Our association has many functions, one of which is to provide you with information on licensed family child care homes in your area.
Use the interactive map below to view providers near you, or call the referral provider for your zip code to learn about openings, get your questions answered, and get some helpful hints when interviewing a prospective child care provider.
Please remember our service provides referrals only. No recommendations are given. Parents have the responsibility to interview the provider and inspect the home.
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INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES LOOKING FOR QUALITY CHILD CARE
The early years of a child’s life are a vital part of their overall and long-term development. It’s important that families find a care program that fits their needs and beliefs. There are many options for child care in Colorado. Licensed family child care home programs are a great setting for many families!
Licensed family child care home programs and providers have many benefits for families.
(It’s important to know that unlicensed programs are not required to follow these requirements.)
Background checks Providers, employees, and other adults living in the home have a FBI & CBI background check and child abuse/neglect records check.
Completed health statement from a licensed physician for everyone living in the home.
Providers must complete at least 15 hours of training a year including mandatory Building & Physical Premises Safety; Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Response; Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome & Abusive Head Trauma; Prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & Use of Safe Sleeping Practices; Recognition & Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect; Standard Precautions; CPR & First Aid; Administration of Medication; Child Care and Preschool Immunization; and at least 3 hours of Social Emotional training.
State supervised Licensed family child care homes have at least one unannounced visit every year from a licensing specialist from the Division of Early Care and Learning to assure the program is complying with Colorado child care licensing rules & regulations.
Continuity of Care Children are with the same provider over a long period of time allowing the child and adult to build a loving, trusting, close relationship. Frequent transitions between teachers, classrooms, and programs are not necessary reducing stress on children and families. Children develop friendships that can last years.
Multi-age group benefits Siblings can stay together in care. Children learn to work cooperatively, develop multi-age friendships and feel a sense of “family” within the group. Providers understand, respect, and work with each child’s individual development.
Smaller group sizes Regular family child care homes are licensed for up to 6 children preschool aged and younger with the ability to care for two additional school-aged children during non-school hours. The Experienced Provider, Large Home, Three under Two, and Infant Toddler licenses allow for other capacity and age options. A program’s capacity can always be found on their Colorado state issued child care license, which should be in easy view.
Teaching & Care Practices Family child care homes offer a variety of teaching and care practices including play-based learning, school-readiness activities, social emotional skill building, enrichment activities, field trips, and more tailored to each child’s individual needs and development.
”A Home Away From Home” Family child care homes are located in a provider’s home in a setting similar to what children are used to and what families value.
Nutritious meals Eligibility to enroll with a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) to assure children are receiving nutritional meals while in care and help for programs with food expenses. CACFP consultants visit programs 3 times a year for educational and regulation purposes.
Professionalism Becoming a licensed family child care provider is one step to being a professional in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care. Membership in local, state, and national associations helps build further professionalism.
JCCCA offers referrals to licensed family child care programs only, not recommendations.
It is each family’s responsibility to interview, inspect, and decide on a program that meets their needs.
Families can use this checklist from Colorado Shines to help them when looking for a high quality program.
7 ways to combine work and childcare
Life on maternity leave
We urgently need to close the task – but the baby is naughty and cannot sleep. Or you have a working call, and the weather in the background is blowing the apartment.
Similar situations are familiar to many who work from home and take care of children. We know that it is very difficult to keep up with everything. Therefore, we asked our readers to tell us how they manage to combine work and the duties of a parent. We collected their stories into one material – perhaps their experience will help other readers cope with similar difficulties.
These are comments from Community readers. Collected into one material, carefully edited and formatted according to the standards of the editors
Method No. 1
Agree on a flexible schedule
works at a convenient time
A flexible schedule helps me: employers are very loyal and, in general, it is more important for them that all tasks are completed on time and with high quality.
gave the child to her husband before phone calls
My daughter is two years old, a very active, curious and persistent child, she never sits still. I swear she’s extraordinary. I compared.
My husband and I both work remotely with a flexible schedule. As a child, I took part-time, now full-time. At first, they shared it with my husband in half: the first half of the day – he was with her, the second – me. And on my calls, my husband was with a child. It turned out to save a little the nervous system.
Two months ago she started going to the garden from 08:00 to 17:00. She likes it: there are children, she eats porridge with them on both cheeks, and sleeps at a quiet hour. It turned out to be a revelation! I remembered that I have me – and I also want something.
I have been working remotely since the first day of a child’s life
Method No. 2
worked less than usual
Worked from home with both children, only took a break for about a month after giving birth. It even happened that a meeting with a client was held, and in less than three hours a daughter was born 🙂
It’s hard when the children are very small. At first, she bribed with cookies and cartoons, but then she reduced the amount of work for a while. Now the children know: if mom is busy, you can’t interfere.
receives maternity leave and salary
Method No. 3
waiting for the child to stop getting sick
How to combine work at home and a child? If there are no helpers, no way.
“Mom is busy” and other things don’t work. “Let’s dad play with you, and I’ll work” – does not work. Only cartoons distract the child from me, but I’m not ready to go for it.
At the age of two, she started taking her to the nanny twice a week, and six months later the child went to the garden. Life improved … for exactly three days. We have been living like this for almost a year: three days in the garden, two weeks at home with snot.
Mio moi Mio
works in a separate room
Started working from home when the children were six months old. There is a lot of communication online at work. In general, this and the previous company are loyal to children “in the frame”, but I myself consider this unacceptable. Many employees are not aware that I have children.
Therefore, from six months to one and a half to two years, we usually have a full-time nanny, plus my mother is on hand. For the whole day she does not stay with the children, as she does not lift heavy things due to her health.
My husband combines maternity leave with work
From a year and a half to two years – a paid garden for half a day, and in the afternoon – my mother or an hourly nanny. One very nice woman lives in our house and is always happy to help for 2-4 hours.
Next – state garden and mother or nanny, depending on the situation. And in the summer, the elder hangs out in the paid garden, it’s more fun there.
I prefer to lock myself in a separate room and not go out until the child falls asleep or goes for a walk, so as not to be distracted by myself and not to unnerve the children.
The little one, of course, hears a voice from the room, but already comes to the door and, amusingly pressing her finger to her lips, says: “Mother yaibo.”
I work from 08:30 to 18:30, with a two-hour break for lunch, household chores or sports.
was happy when the child was taken to kindergarten
For up to nine months, the child entertained himself, and I could calmly work with a break to feed, change clothes, and so on. But as soon as he left, there was no talk of any work while he was awake. At the same stage, he decided that one daytime sleep was enough for him. I had to hire a nanny for part-time. She came after his lunchtime nap and played with him until evening.
At the age of one and a half, the child was sent to kindergarten for part-time. A month later, they took him for a longer time, and I began to pick him up after an afternoon snack – life became much easier. She worked from 08:00 to 16:00, then to the garden. What I didn’t have time to do, I could finish in the evening, but it was already irregular.
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It is worth noting that I work remotely and only occasionally visit the office. No one looks at our man-hours. The main thing is the implementation of the plan.
thinks maternity leave is harder than work
My baby is six months old. I have been working at home since four. I am a manicurist. With the birth of a child, the skill of multitasking and sharpness has been pumped over, and now I work very quickly and without subsidence in quality, which is very pleasing.
I have clients when my husband returns from work or when my mother can come for an hour or two. I take a couple of clients a day. If you take more, you need to completely leave the child to someone. In my situation, this is a nanny.
I don’t do it consciously: it would be a shame that I left my little daughter when she still really needs her mother. Although, to be honest, the decree is very tiring, worse than any work.
Method No. 4
Work while baby sleeps
would like to sleep too
I manage to work during the daytime sleep. The older one goes to the garden, so the younger one wakes up early. Because of this, she has three hours of daytime sleep. I still won’t pull a larger amount of work until the youngest goes to the garden and adapts.
I work a little, but I burn out quickly because I don’t have enough rest.
worked early in the morning
It was still possible to work with the child up to a year. He slept a lot and could play on his own while I worked nearby. I then had small tasks that took 8-9hours per week.
After a year the freebie is over. The child began to get up early and no longer wanted to be alone with toys, even if his mother was a meter away at the computer. He came up and removed my hand from the mouse. And he could do this endlessly until I close the laptop.
I was able to work only if I get up at four in the morning – and then a maximum of a couple of hours a day. I slept with him during my daytime nap. Accordingly, there was no talk of a full-time working day, but thanks for that.
satisfied with early bedtime
The day looked like this: I got up with the child, ate, played, walked. Closer to 12 I put him to bed and sat down to work. Then the nanny came and played with him until the end of the working day. On a walk, I could make working calls – praise the bluetooth headphones.
Until the age of one and a half, the child went to bed early — at 7 pm. And I finished at work what I didn’t manage to do in a day.
Method No. 5
Engage your child with toys or cartoons
proud of her understanding child
I went to work when the child was six months old, but now I understand that I could have done it earlier. Calmly learned to take care of himself. When I work, he usually brings toys and sits under the desk, like in a house.
Breakfast is served before the start of the working day, and during the lunch break I put it to sleep.
trying to survive
I’ve been in survival mode for almost a month: my daughter doesn’t go to the garden because of a cough. Save cartoons, phone. Sometimes he is distracted by toys, but this is not for long. I do tasks that do not require strong concentration in her presence, she plays nearby. The best thing is something for perseverance: stickers, Montessori toys, fishing. Active games on the street help: she runs around there and is already calm at home, sleeps better.
9 Montessori educational toys
worked within sight of children
Never hired nannies, grandparents are far away. There was no urgent need to hire someone. The children didn’t go to kindergartens either, and with covid, the eldest studied at home for two years, the youngest was still small. But I have a flexible schedule, I have been a freelancer for a long time.
At an early age, the children were just next to me, there were rocking chairs everywhere in the house. When they grew up – toys, Lego, coloring books. Maybe it helped that we have our own house: there are toys on the street, a frame pool. Often it was enough that I was just physically there.
It was hard too, but I don’t think it was harder than for other mothers.
entertains the baby with pots
For the first three months, the baby only slept and ate by the hour. There were colic, but she took it in her arms and laid her stomach to stomach – he calmed down. Or rocked on her knees. The laptop was nearby.
After three months, the baby moved to the floor, to the developing mat. I played there myself. Breaks were to feed, change a diaper, take a walk, put to bed.
I would not say that I have a gift child, but not a tame one either. I didn’t want to get off my hands only during the teeth. Well distracted by toys. More precisely, not with toys, but with spoons, pots, ladles, files, empty plastic bottles. Toys began to interest closer to the year.
Sometimes, during periods of teething or illness, it was necessary to turn on cartoons. That is, the child sits in her arms and watches cartoons, I have a meeting at this time.
doesn’t want to turn on cartoons often
Sometimes the older one stays at home, and that’s trash. She is five, she does not sleep at home during the day – she needs something to occupy her. Most of the time it’s drawing.
If something is urgent at work or requires concentration, I turn on cartoons – where without them. But I try to use them to a minimum when there is no other way.
knows how children can play together
They are distracted by cartoons, sometimes Lego or cars, sometimes hide and seek and fights.
Method No. 6
Mio moi Mio
Closed after business hours
After 6:30pm strictly family time. Well, weekends are sacred.
When I am completely tired from work, I can take a day off and spontaneously go to the park, zoo or playroom with the little ones for the whole day.
Method No. 7
Do not burden yourself with household chores
does not overwork herself with cooking
Cooking only the easiest, not wasting time on weekdays – helps to cope.
knows how to relax
From time to time you need to give yourself pleasant emotions so as not to die: a child – in a car, all together – in a cafe with a playroom. Otherwise, life turns into a hopeless routine.
Life on maternity leave. Readers tell how they became parents and advise how to prepare for this
I’m not a vegetable for you – Mercy.
At forty-five, Oksana can sometimes be mistaken for a teenage girl. “Well, yes, I’m small, when at work they put detergents on a high shelf, I have to climb onto a chair,” she says to herself.
– And I wanted to clarify, this article, what is it for? – Oksana asks me before starting the conversation. – For the guys, so that they learn that you can leave the boarding school and live in an apartment? For people, you mean? Now I have it all worked out, now I understand. Let’s ask.
We are sitting in the training apartment of the “Bolshaya Peremena” foundation, Oksana served tea with sweets for the guests. The apartment is empty and clean, on the bed is a large yellow-faced monkey Chita – a birthday present, on the table is a laptop, in which Oksana watches astronomy lessons, and recently she began to shoot videos about how she cooks. It took her more than seven years of hard work to learn how to live an independent life.
Life documents lost
Life documents lost
Most of her life Oksana lived in an orphanage, then in PNI. Whether she was abandoned at birth or whether she was in the family for some time, it has not been possible to establish so far – Oksana’s documents are lost. The certificate, through long inquiries to various authorities, obtained by the Big Change Foundation, which is now dealing with Oksana’s fate, contains a mysterious phrase: “Mother will be deprived of parental rights.”
Whether the mother has been deprived of her rights to Oksana or her daughter has the right to parental living space and where this living space, if any, is located, the foundation has yet to find out. Recently, the foundation took its students on an excursion to Rzhev. Oksana says she recognized the city. But all small towns are somewhat similar. And how a child from Rzhev could end up in an orphanage in Moscow is also unclear.
At first, Oksana almost screams at my questions – she is very worried in front of a stranger, despite the fact that her curator Irina Aleksandrovna is nearby. But then he calms down and explains:
“I, if something new is coming, I can scold myself from excitement: “I can’t do it, I’m stupid, I won’t do it. ” But then I say to myself: “Oksana, don’t worry.” And I calm down. As they say: “The eyes are afraid …”
Irina Alexandrovna will later tell you that the first thing Oksana had to learn in the Big Break was to speak softly. Even ordinary conversations among themselves in the corridor of the fund school girls from the PNI at first conducted in such a way that the teachers looked out of the classrooms and asked not to interfere with the lessons. It turned out that Oksana simply did not know how to communicate differently – everyone in the boarding school was screaming.
About her childhood, Oksana remembers how someone rocked her on a swing. Next is the orphanage. But one day, she tells me, her father came to her, brought gifts – beautiful dresses – and even seemed to want to take her home, but the teachers did not allow her. And dad’s gifts, according to the girl, were taken to the attic.
What of this was in reality, and what was the fruit of an orphan’s fantasy, is no longer understood. After that incident, Oksana’s parents did not appear in her life.
Touring and injury
At home, I had to learn all the tricks of the kitchen – how to light the stove, how to filter water, how to set the table for tea
“In the children’s boarding school, we often performed as amateur performances,” Oksana recalls. Dancing is not easy for you. We also went to Germany. Mary met us there, she spoke German. We also performed there, lived in a hotel and ate pizza on my birthday. And we were in Bulgaria. They walked on the rocks.”
Irina Alexandrovna explains that children from the boarding school could be taken abroad to some kind of paragames – earlier, at 90-e, this was practiced.
According to Oksana’s memoirs, she was often beaten in the orphanage by the teachers and older children. “Sveta, the eldest girl, set me up. She will do something wrong, and I seem to be guilty. And the teacher Alla Mikhailovna punished me. And they put me on a closet, and from the stairs they hit me with my spine once, which is why my lungs are now broken. It’s hard to breathe sometimes.”
Now that she is not feeling well at work, Oksana goes to the cardiologist at the polyclinic where she works as a cleaner. The doctor knows the girl and shows understanding: “Again your lips are blue.”
And in the children’s boarding school, according to Oksana, the teachers sorted through the children’s gifts. So they said: “Everything that was presented, we put it on the table!” They chose snickers and the most delicious sweets and took them home to their children. They also sorted out clothes – before the trip to Germany, Oksana bought everything new, but in the morning it turned out that she had nothing to wear. In the adult boarding school, this was no longer the case.
Oksana tells, and again and again I am amazed at her memory. Oksana’s head is like an oral copy of her personal file, in which boarding school numbers alternate with hospital numbers. She remembers the names and surnames of the offenders with whom she was in the same group more than 30 years ago, the names and patronymics of the teachers, the numbers of orphanages and groups, some specific situations, but her memory does not retain any abstract things.
But at the age of 38, seven years ago, a completely different life began for her.
“You need to live somehow”
Oksana diligently fills in the tables with the list of income and expenses in a round childish handwriting
“Do you want me to show you what I have prepared? Here’s a pickle! Oksana opens the frying pan, and stewed cabbage with carrots smells appetizing from there. – Here’s an omelet. I also bought chicken today and cooked soup. And for the chicken she went over there, – Oksana points out the window, – to the Crossroads.
Since August 2022, Oksana has been living on her own in the training apartment of the Big Change Foundation. She runs the household herself – cleans, erases, cooks, learns to take meter readings and, under the guidance of teachers, writes “analytics” – monthly plates with a list of expenses.
“I buy groceries with a salary of 15,000,” the girl explains. – And I’m saving my pension for my former, – she gets confused and means the future, – an apartment. Now, if they give me an apartment, I will buy furniture. And, if they give change, I also put it aside, on excursions.
Oksana goes to work at the polyclinic across half of Moscow – from Nekrasovka to Nagatino. Previously, the work was very close to the PNI, but the training apartment was at the foundation on the other side of the city – but now the metro and the bus have been mastered.
“At first, when Oksana and her friend Lena started coming from PNI to our classes, we saw them off part of the way,” explains curator Irina Aleksandrovna. “A volunteer rode with them part of the way from the other end. Then the day came when they traveled all the way on their own. They hung on the phone all the way, but we arrived!”
In covid, according to the curator, Oksana was “lucky” – the PNI was quarantined, they were not allowed to go out at all, but those who worked were evicted to a hostel in Mitino. Therefore, unlike many who remained in the boarding school, Oksana did not lose, but even more trained the skill of driving around the city, and even began to cook for herself regularly. In the boarding school, where there is one teacher for 200 residents, there is no opportunity to work with each individually, and after a break of several months, many children, having returned to classes at the foundation, forgot everything, as if they had never learned anything. For Oksana, moving to a training apartment was just a change of address.
“Oksana, do you remember how in Mitin you were afraid to go out for a walk at first? – recalls Irina Alexandrovna. “He will go halfway home and call us,” the curator explains.
“Yes, I was very afraid of getting lost,” Oksana admits. – And I go to work on a new branch, which Sobyanin opened. It’s twenty o’clock. Far away, but what to do? You have to work. And you have to live somehow.” (Sometimes Oksana flashes strange words and intonations, clearly heard from someone, but they sound surprisingly organic with her.)0003
“Can you wrap a rag around a stick?”
In addition to housekeeping, it was also necessary to get used to the area – where are the shops, where is the office where to go if the lights went out, how to get to the metro
Oksana recalls how frightened she was when she was transferred from a children’s to an adult boarding school. “I thought they took me to a psychiatric hospital,” she says. – Young people walked along the corridor like mummies, they did not react to anything. And they were just on pills – I later realized that.
At PNI, Oksana also participated in amateur performances, and then she was sent to work in a social workshop. In the workshop, it was unexpectedly discovered that the girl could count. At the same time, Oksana’s documents, drawn up while still in the orphanage, indicated that she was incapacitated.
“Why was the girl deprived of her legal capacity if she is smart?” – said the boarding school teachers and began the recovery procedure for Oksana.
“It’s just that the sixteenth is a well-known good boarding school, here Oksana was lucky,” explains Irina Aleksandrovna. “The teachers there are very interested in their residents, they have social workshops, amateur performances and a lot of sports.”
Oksana confided to me that the idea to leave the boarding school was born in her head back in the orphanage, when the family of a friend who went home for the holidays took her to visit them
At the medical commission, when asked why she wants to restore her legal capacity, Oksana answered: “I don’t want nurses to take care of me. I’m not a vegetable, I can do it myself, but I’m shy about nurses.” Now she slowly adds: “But I don’t like doctors, well, that’s all I don’t like.” It is impossible to find out where and what exactly the doctors scared the girl.
The commission evaluated her answers and instead of the first group of disability gave her a working second. And a couple of weeks after the commission, the director of the boarding school asked her:
– Can you wrap a rag around a stick?
– How else can I wash the floors? she replied.
So Oksana started working in the hospital next door, and when her department was closed, in the polyclinic.
“Come in the morning, wash the corridor, drink tea at 11.15,” Oksana lists her routine every minute. – Then you need to check if everything is in order, and go to the lessons at the foundation at two o’clock. You have to get up at 5 am to catch the first train. And yesterday we went on an excursion, and we were told about this one, well, this one, which Rus’ was baptized. We often go on excursions on topics that Irina Aleksandrovna told us about in history.
An excursion means a lot of impressions, so Oksana imperceptibly raises her voice again, and notes of resentment appear in it. From the side it seems that the girl is shaking her rights, but I already know that Oksana is so worried. And just in case, he defends himself – what if they don’t take it seriously again?
“Recently, I myself led a tour. It turned out to be difficult, but I told everything and then asked everyone questions. (Oksana shows leaflets with the history of Sarinskaya Street, on which the Big Change is now located – the text from them had to be learned by heart.) And I was serious, I didn’t laugh at all. I did it! Oksana explains. – Trained to be a “cursor guide”.
“I want to become a literate person”
Yellow-faced Chita Oksana was presented for her birthday already at the training apartment
Oksana confidentially tells me that the idea to leave the boarding school was born in her head back in the orphanage, when the family of a friend who went home for the holidays took her to visit them. Later, life in an adult boarding school only strengthened this idea.
“Six people in a room, but when I was living with a friend, I already learned what home conditions are! Oksana says. And more gossip. We didn’t have this in the orphanage, I can’t stand them!”
Oksana was told about the “Big Break” by students from PNI who had already studied at the school of the foundation. “My friend, who studied, said: “Oksana, don’t you want to study? If you sit in a boarding school, they can again deprive you of legal capacity. You have to develop, try, take a step.” And for some reason this thought about deprivation of legal capacity so sunk into me that I decided to try.
The words about deprivation of legal capacity are not accidental. With Oksana’s features, the brain quickly loses skills without constant training. If you do not go to work, do not read, do not go shopping, do not list the planets of the solar system that Oksana shows on the tablet, do not communicate with people, a person forgets what he has learned. So, despite all the online lessons, Lenka’s friend Lenka, who remained at the boarding school for the pandemic, fell behind.
It took Oksana six and a half years of hard work to get out of the boarding school. Now you can’t throw them away
Oksana herself now knows how to talk to strangers politely, without raising her voice (except when she’s worried), asks questions – finding out what follows from what and what follows. Adds up prime numbers, but with reading came embarrassment.
Seven years ago, when a girl came to Bolshaya Peremena, she immediately declared: “It was Lenka who did not study, but I already studied, I know everything both in Russian and in mathematics.” They began to check, and it turned out that Oksana … does not know how to put letters into words – maybe she once studied, but she forgot. It took several months to put “m-a” into a syllable, since then this skill must be constantly maintained. “I want to become a literate person,” Oksana tells me.
Now, after seven years at the foundation, she reads and writes a little.