Child Care Referrals

Are you currently looking for childcare?

STEP 1: Contact The Colorado Shines Child Care Resource & Referral at Mile High United Way.

The Colorado Shines Child Care Resource & Referral line at Mile High United Way offers families one-on-one support to find licensed, quality child care. They will provide a customized referral list based upon your child care needs and preferences.

PHONE — Contact a Child Care Navigator at 1-877-338-CARE (2273). They are available to assist you in English and Spanish, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CHAT — To connect with a Child Care Navigator via live chat, please visit the webpage:

EMAIL — Send an email to

STEP 2: The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County (ECCBC) your local Childcare Resource and Referral (CCR&R) office may be able to help with an enhanced referral.

If, after calling the child care programs on the referral list provided you are unable to find care, please fill out the following form that is appropriate for the location where you need care. Filling out this form does not guarantee placement. By submitting this form, you are requesting a list of providers who may be able to care for your children. You will be expected to reach out to the providers on this list and complete the enrollment process with them. After completion of this form, someone from ECCBC will strive to be in touch within 48 business hours.

Boulder and Mountain Area Family Intake Form (zip codes 80301-9, 80310, 80314, 80403, 80455, 80466, 80471, 80481, 80510)
Lafayette-Louisville Area Family Intake Form (zip codes 80025, 80026, 80027, 80516)
Longmont Area Family Intake Form (zip codes 80501, 80503, 80504, 80513, 80533, 80540, 80542, 80544)

Spanish Intake Form

For information on the programs you may be referred to, please visit the Colorado Shines website. Enter the City and State (Boulder, CO), the distance (usually 5 miles) and the Program Name. When you locate the program click on View Details. Scroll down to view Program Licensing Information.

For information on choosing safe care for your children, please see the following resources from Child Care Aware of America of which ECCBC is a member:

For the most up to date information for families from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, please click here.

Questions about your employment situation and benefits as related to COVID-19? For the most up to date information from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, please click here.

Questions about other family supports during this time of uncertainty? See how each of these partnering agencies is currently addressing needs in communities across the county:

  • Boulder – EFAA supports can be found here in English and here in Spanish.
  • East County – Sister Carmen supports can be found here.
  • Longmont – OUR Center supports can be found here.
  • Mental Health – COVID-19 Tips for Parents, Kid Connects MHP can be found here.

Wondering how to talk with and support your children or the children in your life about COVID-19? Here is a wonderful resource for parents and caregivers from Becky Bailey and Conscious Discipline.