Illuminating Child Care
Access to child care is critical for all parents and caregivers in order for children, families and communities to thrive. When families struggling to manage life’s challenges and the demands of raising children are also faced with the challenge of finding high quality child care, it can stand in the way of strengthening families.
The early years of life – from belly to age eight – are very important for learning and development. That’s because during the first few years, children’s brains are developing fast. In fact, more than one million new brain connections form every second! Because of this, the experiences and relationships that young children have in the early years can impact them for life.
Before a parent can begin to address any complex issue impacting their family, like mental health concerns, substance use disorders, or employment challenges, they are too often faced, first, with struggling to find child care.
Illuminating Child Care provides an innovative systemic-approach to increasing access to child care for parents and caregivers navigating complex life situations as they seek to strengthen their families.
We embrace our collective responsibility to outreach to parents, caregivers, community-based organizations and businesses to promote safe care-giving and high-quality child care because we know parents trying to navigate challenging situations need a community’s help to shine a light on tools in their tool box to strengthen their families.
Need Child Care? Illuminating Child Care heavily promotes the Colorado Shines Child Care Resource & Referral Line at Mile High United Way, one of the best tools in a families toolbox for building strong families.
This resource offers families one-on-one support to find licensed, quality child care.
No Judgement here. Choosing a safe caregiver in a world of limited options or making a plan to keep your kids safe when considering using a substance while taking care of a child are real parts of parenting for many people.
We created SmartChoicesSafeKids.org to promote more information to guide us all through the choices we have to make at every age and stage of life to keep kids safe.
Sometimes the answers don’t come easy, especially when communities and families are under-resourced.
Illuminating Child Care partners with community-based nonprofits, local substance use disorder treatment providers and government agencies to provide personalized navigation for their clientele to find child care. Our staff will answer questions and talk directly with parents to help them find child care and connect with resources in the community.
Every parent that steps onto one of our on-site child care classrooms wants the best for their child.
Whether a child is at home with a parent or caregiver or with our trained professionals in an on-site child care classroom, it’s important that children are always with caring adults who ensure they are safe and able to participate in a variety of activities that help them learn.
Our child care teachers help infants and toddlers learn and grow, providing drop-in care in a renovated RV classroom on-site where parents are getting the support that they need to strengthen their families.
Getting support from community programs help children and families heal from the negative effects of trauma, stress and hardship, ensuring that children who experience adversity can get back on track and achieve their full potential.
Our job is to support you as you build your resilience. When a community is there for parents at the right time, with the right support, these positive experiences can help families manage stress and cope with the tough times.