Caden and Ria have attended Renaissance Children's Center (RCC) for over five years. Ria started out at the center as a toddler and Caden as an infant. During their time at RCC, Caden was diagnosed as being on the spectrum for autism, but he thrives in Joan’s classroom. Last summer, their family was evicted from their apartment; they stayed with relatives sometimes and in their car at other times. During that time, they were not able to keep Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) Subsidy going and stopped bringing the children to school.
RCC contacted them and told them to bring the children to school, even if they did not have CCAP; RCC wanted to keep that part of their lives consistent, which was especially important for Caden given his special needs. Both children were happy to come back to RCC. During the time that they were in care, receiving important nutrition, playing with friends and resting, their mom and dad were able to meet with a Coalition housing counselor, and work on finding housing and getting back on track. Today, the family is living in an apartment; the children are still coming to school daily and are making good progress.