Public and Behavioral Health

Illuminating Child Care 

Implementation & Outcome Evaluation


Illuminate Colorado’s Illuminating Child Care program provides care for infants and toddlers while caregivers are working to address complex issues impacting their families, such as mental health and substance use disorders. Age-appropriate classrooms are built in renovated RVs and serve families in treatment and recovery in the Denver metro area, San Luis Valley, Pueblo, and Fremont County communities.

Evaluation Approach

Qualitative data are collected through focus groups and in-depth interviews with parents, childcare providers, and treatment center staff. We also collect data from substance use treatment partners, as well as parent satisfaction surveys to conduct quantitative analysis. Data are triangulated to tell a full story of the program’s impact. 



January 2023 – December 2027


Parents in recovery with children ages 0-5; urban and rural populations