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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

While the economy is struggling to recover, child care continues to be one of the most important issues faced by today’s working families. Having a job is one thing. Having a job and being able to find child care that works is another.

Northeast Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral (NCCCRR), a program of the Rural Communities Resource Center, works to make sure that child care is available in communities by offering free and low cost services to people who want to become a licensed family child care provider.

NCCCRR has licensing packets that have information about the many resources available to potential and licensed family child care providers. They offer local and affordable pre-licensing and continuing education training that meets state licensing requirements.

They even offer one-on-one technical assistance and support with filling out the state application and have answers to questions one might have about state licensing rules.

The NCCCRR has been providing services in rural Northeast Colorado communities since 1993. They strive to be the “one stop shopping” for all child care needs. Not only do they offer potential and current licensed child care provider support, they also offer free child care referrals to parents looking for child care.

The referral process not only gives parents names and contact information about child care providers that work for them, but also gives them information that helps them choose child care. Information such as, what questions to ask a child care provider and what to look for when visiting a child care.

To find out how to become a licensed family child care provider or for free child care referrals call Sheila or Claudia at the Northeast Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral at 970-848-3867 or 1-877-338-2273. They are also available on the web at and are on Facebook.

Online referrals can be found at

Northeast Colorado Child Care Resource and Referral is a Qualistar Early Learning Partner which receives funding through CDHS. Other funding is received from the Colorado Health Foundation and the Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Phillips and Yuma County Departments of Social/Human Services.