Kids First

child laughingKids First is an early childhood resource center that supports quality, affordable childcare choices in Aspen, Pitkin County, CO. We can help you choose childcare, see if you qualify for help to pay for childcare, and provide information about community resources for young children, their families and the early childhood education programs that care for them.

We can help you navigate the childcare system!

We have an inter-active map to help you locate childcare kids-first-childcare-map Opens in new windowprograms!  

Kids First does not recommend one program over another, it is up to you as a family to choose the best program for your child! We can help you navigate the system; contact us if you have questions. You can also click at the bottom of this page to search the Colorado Shines data base.

The list for school age summer camps is here - it changes often so please keep checking the link.

If you don’t find the information you are looking for here, please contact us. We also have a list of licensed childcare programs in our resource directory.

 Child Abuse Prevention  

We want to keep raising awareness that we all have a role to play to prevent child abuse, not just in April. If you see something that you wonder about, call 844-CO-4-Kids  or 844-264-5437. Local child and adult protection staff will investigate, and provide supports.

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU


We continue to find our way through this pandemic, and it hasn't gotten any easier. Below are some community resources to give you ideas about what to do with and for the children while you are working.

Elementary-aged childcare: The Aspen Recreation Department (City Day Camp).  Visit www.aspenrecreation.com for more information.
Middle school-aged child care: The Aspen Youth Center has spots available , families must reserve them in  advance. Visit www.aspenyouthcenter.org for more information.
Babysitting: Need a couple of hours of respite a day? Aspen Family Connections will try to connect you with some trained high school babysitters for your younger children. AFC would prefer outdoor activities as to observe all Covid safety protocols. Contact AFC on 970-205 7025
Self-help: Consider teaming up with families whose children are in your child’s class or supervised learning cohort and make plans to switch out. Please check the public health guidelines, as these do change, but remember that the number of people who can gather is very limited.

●Recommend anyone needing Mental Health support to Mind Springs Health www.mindspringshealth.org  or (970) 920-5555 and please call 1-877-519 7505 for if you need free mental health support. Please call this number if you need free mental health  support.
The Aspen mobile food distribution takes place every Wednesday from 12-2 pm at the Aspen Golf Course - we always try to have diapers in all sizes.
The Mid Valley mobile food distribution, thanks to the Aspen Ski Co, takes place every Thursday from 12-2 pm at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel. During 
Lift Up in Aspen is open by appointment 970 544 2009. 
Pitkin County Human Services is here to support our community with connection to resources, economic and food assistance and much more. 
Kids First can help find childcare for children before they enter Kindergarten. We can also see if you qualify for funding to help pay for childcare. 970-920-5769 or cecelia.martin@cityofaspen.com.

Childcare Financial Aid


The next deadline for Kids First Childcare Financial Aid is August 1,2021; you can fill out the application on-line! There are additional documents that you will need to email to us. You can also try out the calculator before you fill out the application to see if you qualify.

Kids Thrive



Kids Thrive is a page with services and information that helps strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote positive interactions.

Early Childhood Newsletter


Kids First publishes a newsletter for people working in early childhood programs, and community members who are interested in early childhood education - in Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield, and Lake Counties.
If you would like to receive our newsletter, or if you already do, and you have suggestions - you can let us know here!
Find Child Care Resources
Stop Fighting It Hurts Website

Are You a Child Advocate?

These organizations can help you navigate legislation at the state and national level:

Contact us if you have questions - 970-920-5363 or kidsfirst@cityofaspen.com