Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition
We offer statewide recognition for any child care setting that provides breastfeeding friendly environments and practices. There are three pathways to receive recognition for supporting families and earn quality points towards your Colorado Shines quality rating.
What is Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition?
Child care programs have the unique opportunity to support families, children, and staff by achieving Colorado’s Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition.
The Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition guides child care programs through the process to assess and improve policies and practices that contribute to creating a breastfeeding friendly environment and culture.
The recognition includes a program self-assessment, goal setting, professional development, enhancements to the environment, and writing or revising program policies and procedures.
Three Pathways to Recognition
Complete the Colorado Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care (BFCC) Application and submit the required evidence demonstrating how your program meets the requirements.
Work with a BFCC Advisor to meet your goals and enhance your program’s environment, practices, policies, and procedures. To connect with a Breastfeeding Advisor please email BFCC@healthychildcareco.org
Submit a copy of your county recognition certificate. You will automatically be awarded the Colorado BFCC Recognition. (Please note: this pathway is only available for local or county-level recognition/certifications that are aligned with our program.
The tools below are designed to assist you with understanding the requirements for receiving Breastfeeding Recognition.
- Breastfeeding Friendly Toolkits
- Evidence Guide for Centers | Guía de Evidencia para Centros
- Evidence Guide for Homes | Guía de Evidencia para Hogares
- Self-Assessment Tool for Centers | Herramienta de Autoevaluación para Centros
- Self-Assessment Tool for Homes | Herramienta de autoevaluación para hogares
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Advisors
Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Advisors support programs through the process of obtaining Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition. Advisors receive support, training, and a stipend for serving in this important role.
BFCC Advisors must meet the minimum qualification requirements before beginning work with a program. This includes being 18 years of age or older, experience or interest in maternal child health or early education, and completion of required training.
Thank you to the Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Advisory Committee for your thought partnership!
Heather Aguilar, Emily Bash, Heidi Belatti, Bre Barela, Julia Brink, Caitlin Chapman, Becky Edwards, Karen Enboden, Paulina Erices, Jamie Fanselow, Mary Margaret Fouse-Bishop, Meghan George-Nichols, Amanda Gersabeck, Jamie Kochevar, Kathleen Larson, Victoria Lee, Katie Maldonado, Laura McCabe, Angela McDaniels, Kay Mikus, Stacy Miller, Mary Newell, Stephanie Nick, Marius Nielsen, Lorraine Redmond, Kelsey Rivera, Taran Schneider, Sarah Scully, Mike Schwan, Emily Wengrovius, and Heidi Williams