Employer-based Child Care Applications Now Open

Published on September 13, 2021

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Interested in creating and offering employer-based child care? 

Gain knowledge, plan your project, and access up to $800,000 in funding! 

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has partnered with Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) to create a 5-month Design Lab which will help employers, or community partnerships that include employers, prepare and plan for the creation of an on-site or near-site child care program. Employers including for-profit, non-profit, and government entities are all welcome to participate. 2021 legislation (Senate Bill 236) created an $8.8 Million Employer-Based Child Care Facility Grant Program to provide support for these projects in Colorado.  

The Employer-Based Child Care Design Lab will be kicking off soon. Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) is leading this project. If you have any questions  contact Nicole Riehl (nicole@coloradoepic.org) or Angela Ben-Zekry (angela.ben-zekry@state.co.us). Businesses that are interested in the Employer-Based Child Care Grants can fill out this initial interest application form and then they will receive the full application soon. 


• From October 2021 through February 2022, EPIC will host bi-weekly design sessions (via video call) for lab participants to build knowledge and access tools to launch a child care program at or near your business location

• Along with a small cohort of other employers, you will work to develop your business plan and fine-tune your partnership and financial model to support a competitive grant application for up to $800,000 in funding



  • Bring a clear vision and hypothesis on your approach to launching the child care program
  • Identify a point person with access to personnel data and employer decision-makers who can attend all sessions and commit at least 5 hrs per week to driving the process internally
  • Engage in all Design Lab sessions and share constructively with other cohort members
  • There is no financial contribution required to participate, however; the employer-based child care facility grant program will require a financial match (25% non-profit/government, 50% for-profit)


  • (Optional) Register to attend the informational webinar on September 17 from 12pm to 1pm to learn more about the Design Lab and ask questions by clicking here.
  • Complete Google form application here by September 22 at 5pm
  • Priority consideration will be offered to organizations that meet the criteria defined in C.R.S. § 26- 6-804 (Senate Bill 21-236, click here to read) 
Participants will be confirmed after participating in an interview with EPIC in late September and the first Design Lab session will be on October 8 from 3 - 4:30pm. If you have questions, please email employerdesignlab@coloradoepic.org and attend the webinar!  


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