Here you will find child care and respite resources, 

for the larger Denver area.


Most parents, at some time, will seek child care.  All parents in search of child care are looking for someone who provides consistent, loving, and quality care for their child. But if you have a child with special needs, you may have to ask a few more, and a few different, questions to find a situation that suits your requirements. Use the link above to find guidance on what to ask and what to look for.  Deciding on the right care option for your child can be a challenging process, but you will enjoy immense peace of mind once you identify the situation best suited to your child's needs and gifts. 

Child Care Services

Child Care Assistance

The State of Colorado offers two child care assistance programs: PEAK and CCCAP.  These are income based resources.  Click the above link to learn more about each program.

Kids Street

KidStreet located at Children's Hospital Colorado,  is uniquely designed to provide daily care and rehabilitation services for infants and children with complex medical needs. Children receive the skilled nursing and rehabilitative therapy care their medical conditions require while allowing them the to interact with other children. 

  • (720) 777-6020

Qualistar Colorado

Qualistar Colorado is a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of early childhood education for all across Colorado through education of caregivers and support of parents to find quality child care.  

  • 3607 Martin Luther Blvd Denver CO 80205

  • 303-339-6800


Respite care generally differs from daycare in that it is not available on a daily basis to allow a parent to return to the work force. However, when you have a child with special needs, you will benefit greatly from having child care on a periodic or even an ongoing basis, even if you do not work outside the home and do not need regular child care. This will give you time to take care of personal matters, enjoy some leisure activity, or be relieved of the constant need to care for a child with a disability or chronic illness.  Although many parents initially may feel reluctant to leave their child with special needs in the care of someone else, those who have tried it give ample testimony to its value in restoring their energy, sense of humor, and perspective. 

Many respite care providers have undergone specialized training and can knowledgeably care for children whose needs may range from close supervision to medical care. Respite care can be provided to infants, teenagers, or adults with special needs. In some cases, the respite provider may be able to provide care only for the child with the disability; in other cases, care may be available for siblings as well.

the Colorado Respite Coalition

Click on the Colorado Respite Coaliistion link above to view information collected about respite.

(click on their Respite Locator Button to search for respite near you).

Learn about the various types of respite and how to find the right provider.

Learn how to identify the right provider to meet your needs through simple actions.

Learn about the different ways to pay for and access respite.

Year Round Respite Guide

compiled by Developmental Pathways

Respite Organizations

Angels of Colorado

The mission of AOC is to support primary care providers through quality respite care for their children or adults with developmental disabilities, improving and enhancing the quality of their lives. Families deserve the opportunity to take a temporary break to reduce stress, while restoring a sense of balance in their life and promoting happy, healthy relationships. 

  • 1276 S Chambers Rd, Aurora, CO 80017

  • (720) 747-8228


Care and Community

The mission of Care and Community is to improve lives... in big ways through education, support and advocacy, in small, personal ways through personal connection, but in all ways, to improve the lives of those served.

  • 16050 E Dartmouth Ave #3, Aurora, CO 80013, USA

  • (303) 955-1672


Discovery Club

A respite day for children and youth of all abilities including children with extensive needs and their siblings (ages 6-18) to explore and learn in a friendly social setting. Discovery Club acts similar to child care allowing parents a break from caregiving and a chance for them to rest and recharge.  This program is offered once a month from 10am to 4pm - September through May in 5 metro area locations (Aurora, Boulder, Highlands Ranch, Fort Collins and Northglenn).

  • 5755 W. Alameda Ave Lakewood CO 80226

  • (303) 233-1028


Garden Inc. Autism Services of Colorado plants seeds that inspire growth and cultivate independence. Specializing in providing exceptional home, community and center based therapies, a team of passionate and talented professionals dedicated to supporting, empowering and advocating people with Autism through after school and day programs, summer programs and respite (plus more).

  • 2546 W. Main St. #203 Littleton, CO 80120

Night Owls Respite Program

Night Owls provides an evening of individualized care and fun on the first Friday night of each month for children with special needs and their siblings, ages 1 month to 12 years, at the Fisher Early Learning Center on the University of Denver campus.

  • 1899 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80208

  • Phone: 303-871-2723

Meghan's Place

Improving the lives of families by providing a safe and fun environment for children in Denver with a variety of developmental and physical challenges to be cared for so that they can reach their potential and their caregivers and families can rest and rejuvenate.

  • 2836 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

  • 720-722-DAPA (3272)

Night Lights

Night Lights is a respite program for families with children with special needs and their siblings ages 1 month to 12 years offered at two locations (Littleton and Castle Rock), from 6:30pm – 10:00pm, one Friday evening a month.

  • 5890 S Alkire Street, Littleton, CO 80127

  • (720) 339-7740

Specialized Sitters

Offering experienced, safe, caring and patient special needs professionals for in-home sitting service and respite care for children with special needs in the Denver area.

  • 303-910-4158



Maria shares the different ways she gets respite and how her son has grown through these experiences.

Learn the three ways to become a respite provider for people with developmental disabilities and delays.

Hear directly from respite providers on how they can offer exceptional care for your loved one.