Colorado receives stimulus money for child care, vaccines

Colorado will receive nearly $30 million in federal grants for health and human services programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The state will receive $25 million in grants for the child care development fund that will allow federal subsidies for families whose children require day care while they are working, seeking employment, receiving job training or education.

The money will be provided through vouchers to families for child care or to provide access to care. Both child care centers and home-based programs are eligible for the vouchers.

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe will also receive child care allocations of $60,124 and $66,936.

The $3.3 million in immunization grants will be used to purchase vaccines that will be distributed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization program.

Some of the money will also be used to support national public information campaigns regarding vaccines and support grants to states that demonstrate innovative new ways to make sure more people are vaccinated.