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  • Dawn Alexander

5/25/23 ECEA Child Care Update


Update your program information in the portal at:

Read the CDEC Email:


This program exists to distribute funds to qualified applicants, pursuant to the American Rescue Plan requirements for the state education agency to reserve 1% of the state set aside to fund evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs and an additional 1% to fund evidence-based summer enrichment programs, to create expanded learning opportunities that address students’ academic and personal needs, ensure families can continue to engage in and support their students’ learning, and ultimately continue to strengthen schools and communities during COVID-19 recovery.

This funding opportunity seeks to accelerate student learning and strengthen student engagement in that learning by:

  1. Providing students with comprehensive out-of-school time programs, during the summer, that build upon a student’s school-day instruction to provide the continuity necessary to meet their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Providing students a safe and healthy environment where additional educational enrichment services, programs, and activities are offered to students, particularly those who are disproportionately adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. Offering families of students served opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, to ultimately positively impact student academic outcomes.

  4. Providing students and their families with a deeper connection to their school and community, allowing them to understand and take advantage of the full breadth of school and community supports and opportunities available to them.

The following are projected outcomes of this funding opportunity:

  1. Expanded capacity for districts and community-based organizations to leverage summer programming to accelerate the completion of lost or unfinished learning; and

  2. Strengthened student engagement in learning–both in the traditional school day and out.

Please see “Allowable Use of Funds” below for additional information regarding allowable programs.

Eligible Applicants and Priority Criteria:

Eligible entities may apply for this funding opportunity. The term “eligible entity” means:

  • A public local educational provider (LEP) including:

  • A school district on behalf of all or a subset of schools;

  • A Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES);

  • A charter school authorized by a School District or BOCES;

  • A charter school or schools authorized by the Charter School Institute;

  • A Facility School; and

  • The Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind.

  • A public library;

  • A Colorado community-based organization (CBO);

  • This includes nonprofit organizations.

  • An Indian tribe or tribal organization (as such terms are defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)); and

  • Institutions of higher education or other public agencies/entities.

Note: A group of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities (listed above) is eligible to apply as a consortium.

Applications will not be accepted from individual non-charter schools. Those schools must be included in an application submitted by their district. Only a single application per LEP will be accepted.

Charter schools may submit a stand-alone application but must receive sign-off from their authorizer. The authorizing district, BOCES, or CSI will be the fiscal agent, if funded.

Details can be found at:


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Family Child Care Home - $50 Small Center/PRS (15 or less in capacity) - $200 for 1st 2 locations each

($120 for locations 3+ each) Large Center/PRS (16+ in capacity) - $250 for 1st 2 locations each

($140 for locations 3+ each) School Aged Programs - $60 for 1st 2 locations each

($50 for locations 3+ each)

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