Daddy Mom Childcare and Learning Center is a Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) borrower that provides affordable quality childcare to the southwest Denver community. Daddy Mom is a non-profit child care center that is managed by its founders Laura and Chris Gonzales.
Laura and Chris came to CEF for a loan to refinance the playground equipment that is the focal point for the center. “The right people were brought into our life at the right time! We were at a financial crossroad when we met the people at CEF. They are the most genuine people you will ever meet,” Laura said. CEF’s technical assistance helped Laura organize their financials to restructure the debt on their building, helping them bring in some grant funding and additional loans.
“I truly believe we would not be in business today if CEF did not step in and provide not only the funds but the support, guidance and friendship. I attribute our current success to the assistance provided to us from CEF. Working with children, parents and your spouse takes patience, love and grace. Chris and I know we have been blessed to be a part of each and every life that comes across our threshold. It’s exhausting some days, but we have faith that God has put the right people in our path to help us raise children, listen to our community, and to be the lighthouse of hope on the block,” commented Laura.
Along with preschool, childcare and after-school programs, their administrative office supports unemployed community members in job search, resume preparation, bus passes, computer classes and access to e-mail, fax and copy machines. Daddy Mom is also a partner for Food Bank of the Rockies, offering monthly food boxes to their community members.
CEF is proud to help businesses like Daddy Mom Daycare that not only provide employment for their owners and staff, but meet vital community needs as well.