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Financial aid dollars are given directly to the programs on a quarterly basis, and show up on your tuition statement as a credit.
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The application packet is in the list on the right hand side of this page, as well as all the parts and forms you may need. You can also apply online also on this page. We have applications at the Kids First office at 215 North Garmisch in Aspen, or your licensed childcare program can also provide it for you.
Families are expected to pay between 12 and 22% of their gross income for childcare. Monthly financial aid a family receives from Kids First is based on a number of factors:
o The monthly/yearly gross income of the family
o Number in the family
o How many children you have in childcare
o How many days a week the child will attend
o The daily rate of your program/child’s classroom
We encourage you to try out the pre-calculator, on this page, to see if you qualify before filling out the complete application.
Please see the guidelines for details, or call the office - 920-5769
All families must reapply annually at the May 1 deadline.
You may use any licensed childcare provider in Pitkin County. Childcare programs who wish to offer Kids First financial aid must also offer Colorado Childcare Assistance to families.