The Summit Foundation today announced a total of $115,000 in grants for Summit County’s childcare centers to help with increased expenses due to the pandemic.

Grants will be given to Breckenridge Montessori, Carriage House, Lake Dillon Preschool, Open Arms Preschool, Summit Preschool and Timberline Preschool. Grants are based on the size of the schools and number of children served.

All of the childcare centers are facing potential increased costs due to the number one priority of the health and safety of the children, staff and families they serve. Costs include PPE, disinfecting protocols and increased staffing requirements. Grants from the Emergency Fund are in addition to the annual grants provided by the Foundation and are targeted specifically for needs that have occurred as a result of the crisis.

“Our childcare centers are a critical part of the economic engine for people to get back to work knowing that their children and families are as a safe as possible,” said Jeanne Bistranin, Executive Director of The Summit Foundation. “We truly appreciate the high-quality care and education provided by our local centers, and we are pleased to help them and our local working families get through this together.”

The grants are part of the Summit County Cares Emergency Fund at The Summit Foundation, funded by generous donors who are interested in helping others during this difficult time. A total of $390,000 has been distributed so far to community partners including FIRC, the Care Clinic, Building Hope and others. Grants have included support for basic needs such as food, mental health support, PPE and medical supplies. Support from The Summit Foundation and the Summit County Cares Emergency Fund will be ongoing as these needs continue in the community.