The Community Tuition Assistance, formerly the Early Education Tuition Scholarship Program, has been a long standing feature of the CCR&R services of Grand Beginnings. However, over time it has changed and evolved to better meet the increased need in our community. Now in its second year, the collaborative program provides for a streamlined application and universal policies for early childhood programs while still providing programs the most flexibility to fund families. Participating programs have agreed to engage in high quality activities that promote best practices (including developmental screening, acceptance of CCCAP, and participation in Colorado Shines), and to universal qualifying experiences including a max family income of 300% of FPL. Using an excel worksheet, programs determine an award amount based on income, family size, and days enrolled, that has a sliding scale with families the lower percentage of FPL families receiving a recommended higher award. Grand Beginnings works to raise the funds to support allocations to programs and provides the universal guidance. The goals of the Community Tuition Assistance Program are below:
a. To promote family success and self-sufficiency through participation in the workforce and access to affordable, quality early care and education programs.
b. To promote CCCAP participation and equitable access to early care and education across the community while preserving family choice and recognizing the unique economic factors of our community.
c. To support a two-generation approach to reduce poverty by supporting self-sufficiency for families and access to school readiness skills for children through participation in high quality early care and education programs.
d. Reduce the burden on programs to seek funding for families and improve best practices.
Primary Role of Program in Early Childhood Systems:
Outcome-Based Activities The Program/Initiative Provides:
Education, employment, housing, financial and legal supports contribute to family economic security
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All environments are safe, free of toxins, have affordable foods and offer physical activity
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Learning experiences and environments are high quality, developmentally appropriate and affordable
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Program evaluates effectiveness of activities and services:
PO Box 95
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado 80451