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Child Care/Preschool Scholarships And Assistance Available Through EVICS

In today’s economy, childcare expenses, when combined with other critical living expenses, can threaten to overwhelm families. Yet childcare is essential in order for parents to be able to work or continue their education to improve job skills. Preschool opportunities have been proven to help young children be ready for Kindergarten. Research shows that children who arrive at school ready to learn are more successful in school and life. In response to rising childcare costs, scholarships and subsidies are available through a variety of sources to assist families with childcare expenses.

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides substantial childcare subsidies to families who meet income and other qualifications. Parents are required to be working and their children must be enrolled in a participating licensed childcare program. Children must be documented US citizens in order to receive CCAP funds.

CCAP income guidelines are as follows:
Family of 2: monthly gross household income under $2158
Family of 3: monthly gross household income under $2713
Family of 4: monthly gross household income under $3268
Family of 5: monthly gross household income under $3823

Families living and/or working in Estes Park who do not qualify for CCAP assistance, might be eligible for childcare scholarships through the Estes Valley Investment in Childhood Success (EVICS). Families must meet income and other program requirements. Income guidelines for EVICS scholarships are slightly higher than those for CCAP and are intended to help families with short term needs, parents enrolled in educational programs, or those who do not qualify for other types of assistance. Scholarships can be used for licensed childcare, preschool or after-school programs.

United Way of Larimer County, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, provides scholarships to women continuing their education. Childcare scholarships are awarded to students working toward their GED, certificate or degree program. Recipients of these scholarships must be single mothers living alone with their children, enrolled in a qualifying educational program and utilizing a licensed childcare program. Applications for the 2009 spring semester are due by October 15.
Applications and additional information for each of these assistance programs may be obtained by contacting Nancy Almond at the EVICS Office: 586-3055;

All children deserve positive early childhood experiences, and EVICS strives to make this a reality for every child in Estes Park. The EVICS program depends solely on grant monies and donations. For more information on how you or your organization might give to the Estes Park Child Care Assistance Program, please contact EVICS.

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