Low-Income Child Care Assistance

Complete application packets for Low-Income Child Care Assistance are available in Room 102 of the Otero County courthouse. 

Applications are also available online at:  http://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/

Income Eligibility in the Low-Income Child Care Program
as of 10/01/2020

 Family Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income 185% FPG 85% SMI


























+ $373.33 per person

+ $214.12 per person


Who's Eligible?
  • Parents who are working
  • Parents who are searching for a job (within state-established time limits)
  • Teen parents (up to age 21) in a high school or GED program
  • Parents needing child care for post-secondary education or training (up to a first Bachelor's Degree or less)
  • Families receiving Colorado Works/TANF
  • Applicants must be residents of Otero County
  • If applicable, parents must continue to cooperate with Child Support Services for the children requesting care.

For more information about the program or policies, call Sandy Leikam at 719-383-3162.


A qualified (non-licensed) provider and all household members over the age of 18 must comply with state-mandated background checks.  Application packets are available in Room 102 of the Otero County courthouse.


Provider questions can be answered by calling 719-383-3168.


The Colorado Division of Child Care makes licensing histories of child care facilities available to the public.  Parents can view provider histories at:




Licensing violations must be reported to the state licensing staff.  The state licensing staff is also responsible for enforcement when consumers report a provider is operating a child care home or facility without a license. 


Contact Child Care Licensing: http://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/#!child-care-licensing--administration/c5cf 

More information for providershttp://www.coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.com/#!early-care-and-learning/csgz