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Keep the Lights On Grants



The work child care providers do every day is incredibly important for the future of all children.

Not only is child care essential to support children’s school readiness and future success, but it allows parents to participate in the workforce. As more employees are able to return to work, child care is critical to getting our economy back on track. An estimated 40% of Colorado families are still in need of child care during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Keep the Lights On Fund was established to meet this critical need. Through a public-private partnership effort, we are providing cleaning supplies and direct financial assistance to licensed family child care homes, centers, and school-age programs statewide. Generous funding has been provided through The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Mile High United Way, the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance (ECCLA), and Healthy Child Care Colorado and other philanthropic partners to make this possible.


Apply for Funding


Applications for those with a Licensed Family Child Care Home or a Licensed Family Child Care Center and/or School-Age Program are below. The online portal to apply opens at 12:00pm on June 21, 2021. Please use the guide for assistance with completing the application.

Applications are due Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:59p.m.


Apply Now - Licensed Family Child Care Home | Application Guide

Apply Now - Licensed Child Care Center and/or School-Age Program | Application Guide

Application Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Keep the Lights On Grants - Technical Assistance:
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Questions?
Contact keepthelightson@unitedwaydenver.org. Please specify in the subject line whether you are a inquiring about the Family Child Care Home or Child Care Center/School-Age Program application.