Below is a summary of information ECCLC has gathered. Information is changing rapidly and we will update as quickly as we can.
Best Places for the Most Up to Date Information
Business Assistance from the City of Fort Collins/Larimer County
- The City of Fort Collins has built (and is continually updating) a comprehensive site with links and guidance for local small businesses: https://www.fcgov.com/business/
- We strongly encourage your childcare providers to schedule a free consultation with business experts at our local Small Business Development Center. https://larimersbdc.org/what-we-do/consulting/. Consultations are done remotely, and days/hours are being extended.
- A state-wide grant application is now available from Help Colorado Now https://helpcoloradonow.org/covid_relief-fund/
- Small businesses must be serving a community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, and meet other criteria. Funding is not available for needs related exclusively to business operation interruption or employee-related issues.
- The SBA has a national loan program, as well. Information is still being evaluated about whether these loans could disqualify a business from other future support. A business can still apply without obligation, wait, and then they do not have to accept the loan if they are approved. That could at least give them a jump on the loan application and while they wait for that, see how these other programs shape up. https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Sample Liability Waivers for Child Care Programs
As child care providers begin to plan for the Safer at Home phase and beyond, we have heard of liability concerns related to children, families, and employees who may return to the facility and risk spread or infection of COVID-19. Below are two sample liability waivers (one for parents and one for employees), which have been drafted and shared by attorneys from the Davis, Graham, and Stubbs law firm. These waivers may be used by programs and should be suitable for most situations, but those who choose to utilize the forms are encouraged to seek legal advice if they have any questions or make modifications. Note: This does not constitute any legal opinion or advice on behalf of the ECCLC, EPIC or any other organization.
Resources from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment