There's a shortage of licensed child care providers in Weld County, and that means there's a big opportunity for you! Licensed child care providers may care for children from more than four families in their own home, in another licensed provider's home or in a child care center. They are licensed and closely monitored, regulated and supported by the state of Colorado. They can also contract with the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) to be reimbursed for providing care for children of parents receiving financial support through the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP).
This is an ideal career for those who:
- Enjoy working with young children
- Want to help young children learn, thrive, grow and be happy
- Are patient and understanding
- Like the idea of owning your own business and even being your own boss
- Want to be able to stay at home with your own children and earn extra money
Weld County is proud to partner with United Way of Weld County to assist and support child care providers in the licensure process. United Way also provides information and guidance on increasing the quality of participating licensed child care providers through their Child Care Quality Improvement Project, by assisting participating providers in making quality improvements in their child care facilities and in attaining a quality rating or accreditation.
To become a licensed child care provider, you will need to complete 28 hours of coursework about early childhood development, health, nutrition, safety, CPR and basic first aid. In addition, you must pass a background check. When offering child care in your home, you may need to pass a zoning inspection and obtain a zoning permit.
For more information or for questions about becoming licensed, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 304-6165.
It’s always a good idea to learn as much as possible about a new career opportunity before you sign up for classes. That’s why United Way of Weld County offers a question and answer session where you’ll hear more about the classes you’ll take, the process of getting your license and be able to ask questions. Visit the Reading Great by 8 website for more information.