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.

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.

●Recommend anyone needing Mental Health support to Mind Springs Health  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.
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. 970-920-5363 or email:

Kids Thrive

Kids Thrive is a page with services and information that helps strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and promote positive interactions.
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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!
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Are You a Child Advocate?

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