Child and Family Development Guidelines

Child and Family Development Impact Goal

To support the healthy development of young children and economic self-sufficiency for families. Learn more about our Child and Family Development philosophy and the various ways we strive to make an impact.

Child and Family Development Grants Funding Priorities

Early Childhood Education and Development – Prevention programs and efforts that support low-income children from birth to age five, through:

  • Parent education programs that help parents recognize and understand a child's developmental needs and promote school readiness. We are interested in programs that provide effective, long-term and comprehensive family support activities with opportunities to learn from peers and professionals.
  • High-quality and accessible child care and early childhood education designed to help young children develop the emotional security, social competence and intellectual capacity they will need to succeed in school, and to become healthy and productive adults. We provide funding to:
    • Strengthen and expand proven high-quality early education programs
    • Provide training and education for early childhood professionals
    • Develop, implement and maintain quality improvement plans for child care centers

Family Self-Sufficiency – Programs that help individuals obtain the skills and resources they need to provide for their families, including employment and training programs structured to meet the needs of individuals entering or seeking advancement in living-wage jobs. Programs must be comprehensive and include placement, retention and advancement in a stable job.

Systemic Change – Efforts to plan, create, implement and evaluate public policy that has a positive impact on early childhood education and development, and family self-sufficiency.

Grants Generally Not Supported

The Child and Family Development program area generally does not fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Tuition assistance/scholarships
  • Sponsorship of events

Recent Grants

It may be helpful to review a list of recent Child and Family Development grants to determine whether your program or project is a fit with our funding priorities.


We accept applications for programs or projects that serve the seven-county Greater Denver area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Learn more about this and other grant eligibility criteria.

We encourage applicants to speak with Senior Program Officer Elsa Holguín prior to submitting an application to the Child and Family Development program area to discuss their program, project or organization.

How to Apply for a Grant

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis (no deadlines) and the submission process is all online. Learn more about submitting your application.

Required Forms and Reporting

All grantees are required to submit certain forms and reports.


Answers to many questions can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For additional questions, please contact Elsa Holguín, senior program officer - Child & Family Development, at or 303.398.7414.

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