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April Hot Lunch: Early Childhood Education



A key component of childcare in Colorado is license-exempt care, often known as Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) care. These caregivers, who are typically friends, relatives, or neighbors of the child’s parents, offer working parents affordable, flexible, and culturally-relevant care. Licensed providers are only able to serve a portion of the over 300,000 children under the age of six in the state; FFN providers are critical to help fill this gap.

Colorado is making efforts to improve its support for FFN care, but obstacles still persist. Lack of support, a lack of training opportunities, and the stigma attached to FFN care all contribute to the underappreciation of the crucial role that these caregivers play in delivering high-quality childcare and assistance to families.

Join us to hear about ways that Colorado is trying to do a better job of including FFN providers as part of the spectrum of early caregivers by supporting their work and listening to their needs.


Mary Alice Cohen

Deputy Executive Director, Colorado Department of Early Childhood State Representative

Lorena Garcia

Executive Director, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition

Jourdan McGinn

Director of Economic Mobility and Direct Cash Transfers, Impact Charitable


Thursday, April 20th

11:30am – 1:30pm


Wright Room at the Masonic Building

535 16th St Mall #240, Denver, CO 80202

(above Appaloosa Grill)

In an effort to assemble an audience of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, you will be notified if you scored a seat to the April Hot Lunch by Wednesday, April 5.

All potential guests need to fill out the Interest Form by Monday, April 3.

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