Kids’ Books Always In Need at Denver Warm Welcome Court Childcare Center

By Klaralee Charlton

On December 17, the Denver Bar Association Young Lawyers Division hosted its monthly Barrister’s After Hours networking event in collaboration with the CAN Committee. Two large boxes of children’s toys, books, and warm jackets were collected from attendees for the Denver Warm Welcome Court Childcare Center. This organization has served Denver since 1999 and is a wonderful resource for the residents of Denver.

The Denver Warm Welcome Court Childcare Center was created on the premise that children should not be exposed to potentially detrimental court proceedings at a young age and that parents may have no alternative to bringing their child to court with them. As a means of fostering a positive experience for the children, every child is given a book and stuffed animal after their stay at the center.

Parents and guardians with children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years who have business with the Denver County and district courts may utilize this free service. The childcare center is particularly beneficial for jurors who may not have a regular childcare provider. Parties to a case and witnesses testifying in a trial may also use the service. Even the errant traffic ticket offender may utilize the childcare center.

Clients who typically struggle to find childcare before their court appearances should be encouraged to utilize this free service. Parents will undoubtedly be able to better focus on their case knowing their children will be in a safe environment during the parent’s proceeding. The childcare center can also serve as a great back up option if a sitter falls through at the last minute. The childcare center is conveniently located in downtown Denver on the corner of Court and 14th Avenue. The hours are Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–Noon and 1–5 p.m.

The donations collected by the Young Lawyers Division will be used at the Center and given to children upon their departure. If you are doing any New Year’s cleaning, the Center is always in need of donations, especially gently used children’s books. Donations may be dropped off at the Center year round during business hours.


Klaralee Charlton (Chair-Elect of DBA-YLD) is an associate with Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C. and practices in their tax and estate administration divisions. Klaralee graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and received her Masters of Tax from the University of Denver. She can be reached at