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

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.  Qualistar offers helpful tools for finding the right child care as well as help with finding child care.

  • 3607 Martin Luther Blvd Denver CO 80205
  • 303-339-6800

Kids Street

Children's Hospital Colorado, KidStreet, is uniquely designed to provide daily care and rehabilitation services for infants and children with complex medical needs. These children receive the skilled nursing and rehabilitative therapy care their medical conditions require while allowing them the opportunity to interact with other similarly aged children. KidStreet is located in a cottage on the Clayton Foundation Campus, providing a park-like setting for this program. The program serves children in the metro Denver area from six weeks to four years of age.

  • (720) 777-6020

Using the Colorado Respite Coalition:

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. 

Use the link above to view information collected by the Colorado Respite Coalition

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

Respite Resources


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

Discovery Club

A respite day for children and youth of all abilities including children with extensive needs and their siblings (ages 6 -18 years) to explore and learn in a friendly social setting. Kids meet new friends and enjoy recreational activities such as sports, games, singing, drama and much more. 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

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