Public and Behavioral Health

Illuminating Colorado Child Care Services Pilot Programs

Implementation & Outcome Evaluation


Illuminate Colorado is expanding childcare options for parents accessing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services. The evaluation is designed to collect data on two new programs: 1) mobile child care classrooms, and 2) increased child care navigation capacity to address longer-term child care needs throughout caregivers’ recovery.

Evaluation Approach

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



February 2020 – June 2021


Parents in recovery with children ages 0-5; Rural populations



Partner Agencies

  • Mile High Behavioral Healthcare
  • Denver Recovery Group
  • Mile High United Way
  • Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families