Child Care Network

Child Care Network is the resource and referral agency and Qualistar Partner for Northwest Colorado.

A Commitment to Serve
The Family Development Center's Child Care Network promotes quality child care that is affordable and available to all families in Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt Counties. We provide information, resources, referrals, training and advocacy for child care and other children's issues and programs. Services are developed for child care professionals, employers, agencies and organizations.

What is Resource and Referral?
The Child Care Network is a single entry, comprehensive referral service for parents, licensed child care providers, and the community. In order for parents to better utilize the referrals, the Child Care Network focuses on helping parents understand the wide variety of child care available and how to identify the components of quality child care.

Any licensed child care provider can also take advantage of the information, education and supportive services provided by the Network. In addition to the direct services provided to the community, the Network helps to promote an awareness of the rights of young children at the local, state and national levels.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone with a need for information or referral to a social service agency or child care is welcome to use the Network. We also welcome questions from other agencies and organizations in our service delivery area.

How Much Does It Cost?
Our referral services for families are free and open. Fee schedules for other services are available on request.

What Does It Mean To Be a Qualistar Partner?
Qualistar Colorado is dedicated to improving child development and age-appropriate learning experiences for all children by collaboratively creating a statewide system that promotes high-quality child-centered care; supports and empowers parents as teachers and decision makers; and is adequately funded and permanently sustainable. Child Care Network is a participating partner in the statewide system.

Our Services:

  • For parents:
    • Referral to available child care options
    • Information and literature on choosing quality child care
    • Facilitating parenting workshops and seminars
  • For Providers:
    • Updated profile in our statewide database that can be accessed online by families searching for child care
    • Training and technical assistance to set up licensed child care businesses
    • On-going technical assistance
    • Providing or dispersing information about available professional development opportunities.
  • For Employers:
    • Offer workplace parent education seminars
    • Conducting needs assessments
    • Providing information about work / family issues, benefit options and current data
  • For the Community:
    • Child Care Network collaborates with a variety of services and organizations that support children and families
    • Work to increase the capacity of licensed child care
    • Maintain a comprehensive database on legal child care options
    • Develop new child care resources to meet the diverse needs within the community
    • Increase public knowledge about child care and related family issues