Grants & Community Outreach

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The Auraria Early Learning Center relies on grant funding to provide additional support for programs, education, and facility upgrades.

Current Grants

  • Boettcher Foundation Early Learning Fund Capital Grant
  • Denver Preschool Program
  • Denver Public School Mill Levy
  • Results Matter Expansion Grant
  • Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
    • The Temple Hoyne Buell Grant will be used to provide Love and Logic classes, a Parenting Safe Children workshop for families and staff, family subsidies, support for the implementation of TS Gold assessment, and educational supplies for the classrooms.
  • Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund Grant
    • The Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund grant was awarded to us to improve our center through the replacement of our manual faucets with automatic faucets. This upgrade has helped our children with hand-washing, improving our health and safety standards. The grant is made up from a collaboration with the Boettcher Foundation, the Gates Family Foundation, and the Anschutz Family Foundation.
  • CCD Childcare Scholarships 
    • Childcare and Displaced Homemaker (KEYS)
      • The KEYS scholarship program provides support and services to displaced homemakers to become self-sufficient. 
    • Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI)
      • The Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI) supports CCD students studying Healthcare, Information Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing by providing gap funding for childcare, as well as assisting with navigating Colorado Shines requirements and completing CCAP/DPP applications, among other supportive services.
  • MSU Denver Subsidy
    • You may qualify for a subsidy for childcare tuition through a grant from the MSU Denver Student Affairs Board. Please inquire about this program at the front desk.


The Auraria Early Learning Center partners with various organizations in the Denver community to provide enrichment and educational programs for the center and the families we serve.

  • Denver Public Library Read Aloud Program
    • Volunteers from the Denver Public Library visit the Early Learning Center classrooms to read books to the children and promote the use of the public library system.
    • College Living Experience, a program that has been providing post-secondary support to students with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, and other varying exceptionalities, partners wtih the Denver Public Library for the Read Aloud Program.
  • Foster Grandparent Program
    • The Volunteers of America Foster Grandparent Program is a fun and cross-generational program where seniors volunteer at AELC to help care for the children. The mission of the program is to offer seniors the opportunity to use their experience to improve the lives of children. Because many children do not live close to their biological grandparents, our foster grandparents serve as a proxy for the traditional child-grandparent relationship, benefiting all involved.
  • Colorado Center for the Blind
    • In the summer, two interns from Colorado Center for the Blind work for the Early Learning Center to gain experience and confidence in the workforce.