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Weld County is recruiting child care providers
Posted on 06/19/2018
Weld County is recruiting child care providers

Certain areas within Weld County have been described as a child care desert by the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS) due to a need for more child care providers. To address this need, Weld County DHS has made several large strides to help more people become child care providers, including partnering with United Way of Weld County, North Range Behavioral Health and the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to offer support services for both child care providers and parents alike. DHS also hired a recruiter with United Way to bring new caregivers on board and assist them with the process of becoming a child care provider.

“We’re very excited about our collaborative efforts to resolve the child care shortage in our county,” said Judy Griego, Director for DHS. “By recruiting more child care providers, it will mean more people in the workforce (both the providers as well as the parents who have been unable to work) and more children receiving quality child care, which will ultimately result in stronger families who are better situated financially.”

To help low-income families on the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) pursue employment or educational opportunities, DHS also formed a team to support and recruit REACH child care providers. Standing for Realizing Economic Advancement through Caring Homes, REACH providers offer child care either in their own home or in a family’s home and can care for up to four non-related children. To become a contracted REACH provider, one needs to complete a county fiscal agreement, pass a background check and attend a CCCAP orientation.

To help people learn more about child care in Weld County, www.weldchildcare.com debuted today. The goals of the new child care website are many: to recruit new child care providers; to inform existing child care providers about upcoming trainings and ways to increase the quality of the care they provide; to educate parents on the importance of quality child care; to offer community, county and state support; to answer commonly-asked questions; and to provide fun and free links for child care providers and parents alike, among others.

“We have faith in the people of Weld County,” said Commissioner Mike Freeman, Coordinator for DHS. “They always step up and give back to others, especially when we need them.”

To bring more attention to the recruitment efforts, a child care provider appreciation barbecue will be held on Thursday, June 21, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Bittersweet Park - East Pavilion in Greeley, located at 3500 16th Street. Free food, giveaways and games will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to enjoy a fun family outing. All current providers as well as anyone interested in becoming a child care provider are invited to attend this free event.

For more information, visit the new website, www.weldchildcare.com, or contact the REACH team by calling (970) 400-6594 or emailing childcareprovider@weldgov.com.