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Types of Child Care Providers

Types of child care providers

HopscotchThere are three main types of child care providers in Weld County: Licensed, REACH and FFN.

All three are highly valued and sought-after, but there are major differences between them. Options like licensing with the state of Colorado, contracting with the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) and choosing to provide care for children of parents receiving financial support from the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) could present opportunities to make more money and help you to better support yourself and your family. Explore the different types of providers below to discover ways to grow in this rewarding career.

Licensed Child Care Providers

Woman and little boy smiling at each otherLicensed 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
  • Want to make a difference

United Way of Weld County Promises for ChildrenWeld 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.

Requirements

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.

Learn More

For more information or for questions about becoming licensed, email childcare4weld@unitedway-weld.org or call (970) 304-6165.

REACH Child Care Providers

Realizing Economic Advancement through Caring HomesREACH (Realizing Economic Advancement through Caring Homes) refers to caregivers who provide child care either in their own residence or in a family’s home. These professional providers care for children who are related to them or may care for up to four non-related children and are exempt for licensure. REACH providers 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).

At the heart of our program, REACH is a partnership between a caregiver and a family to work together so both can achieve financial advancement and stability. As a child care provider, you can earn extra money for your family by doing something you love while also helping other families become successful. REACH providers enable parents to work or go to school, allowing them to better support their children.

Photo of kids jumpingREACH may be a perfect fit for those who:

  • Care about children and want to see them grow, thrive and become the best they can be
  • Have a heart for community service and helping others
  • Want to help strengthen and empower families
  • Already provide child care for relatives, friends or neighbors
  • Want to be able to stay at home with your own children while earning income providing child care for others
  • Want to be your own boss and make your own schedule

REQUIREMENTS

To become a contracted REACH provider, you will need to complete a county fiscal agreement, pass a background check and attend a CCCAP orientation.

Learn More

For more information, email childcareprovider@weldgov.com, call (970) 400-6594 or download our REACH booklet here.

FFN Child Care Providers

Provider pointing to a child's toyFFN (Family, Friend and Neighbor) providers care for children belonging to their family, friends and/or neighbors, either in their own home or in other's homes. These providers have all different types of educational and professional qualifications varying from years of life experience to credentials and trainings.

This informal form of child care can be a great first step toward attaining licensure with the state of Colorado or contracting with the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) to be reimbursed for providing care for children of families receiving financial assistance (CCCAP). In fact, all that FFN providers need to do is contract with DHS and they're automatically a REACH provider!

Requirements

To become or identify as an FFN provider, the only requirement is to care for children of a family member, friend and/or neighbor.

Learn More

If you would like to become or currently are an FFN provider and would like to receive more information about resources available to you, please email childcare4weld@unitedway-weld.org, call (970) 304-6165 or visit the Promises for Children website here.