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Colorado Child Care Assistance Program: Contracted Slots Pilot: A strategy to increase supply and expand access to quality child care

Hundreds of Colorado's child care providers have closed in recent years due to financial burdens. To address child care shortages and increase access to quality providers, state law allows for contracted child care slots. Contracted slots ensure financial stability by offering providers monthly Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) payments that are not tied to child attendance. In 2019, three counties (Denver, Arapahoe, and Gunnison) participated in a six-month pilot to test this innovative approach. A total of 27 slots were contracted to seven child care providers. Early Milestones Colorado studied the benefits and costs for families, providers, and county-level administrators. (author abstract)
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United States

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