Refer A Student

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How to Refer a Student

Students/families must meet three requirements to shop at Clothes To Kids:

  1. The student/family must be considered in need of assistance (i.e. meet any of these criteria):
    • Students in the family are eligible for free or reduced lunch (FRL) at school.
    • Student/family is receiving assistance or services from a school, school district, human service agency, shelter, hospital, clinic or place of worship.
    • Family crisis due to job loss, natural disaster, poverty, homelessness or displacement.
  2. Students must live in the 10-county Denver Metro Area** Any child or youth in foster/kinship care is eligible to shop, even if they are placed outside of Metro Denver. Not sure if you are in the Denver Metro Area? Download a Map of our Service Area here.
    • **School districts in the Denver Metro Area include: Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Adams 14/Commerce City, Adams 50 (Westminster), Aurora Public Schools, Boulder Valley School District, Brighton 27J, Cherry Creek School District, Clear Creek School District, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District, Elizabeth School District C-1, Englewood Schools, Gilpin County School District, JEFFCO Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Mapleton Public Schools, Platte Canyon, Sheridan School District 2
  3. Students must be enrolled in preschool – 12th grade, or working toward a GED (up to 21 years old). Although the store keeps some smaller sizes on hand, we do not serve kids younger than 3-years-old, even if they are attending daycare.

Who Can Refer Students

  • A representative (employee or volunteer) from a school, human service agency, shelter, hospital or clinic.
  • A teacher, administrator, guidance counselor, school psychologist, social worker or volunteer from a school.
  • A leader, volunteer or administrator from a family’s place of worship.

Referral Form

  • To refer a student, download the Clothes To Kids Referral Form (quick link above). This form must be printed on letterhead from a school, school district, agency, shelter, hospital, clinic or place of worship. This is an editable Word Document, so please feel free to replace the heading at the top with your logo and/or modify the layout of the page to fit on your letterhead.
  • Be sure to complete all of the requested information and include all of the eligible preschool-12th grade students in the family. Please note that we now serve 3-year-old children who are enrolled in preschool or Head Start.
  • Babies and children under 3-years-old are not eligible to shop and should not be included on the form.
  • Please do not delete eligibility information, the map/directions or instructions to clients.
  • Families may also use a current copy of their FRL Letter from their school as a stand-alone referral. No other documentation is needed with the FRL Letter and this letter may be used twice as a referral.

Once you have filled out the Clothes To Kids referral, please give it to the parent/guardian so that they can book an appointment to shop and bring it with them to their appointment.* Please do not send the completed referral to Clothes To Kids!**

Refer families year-round!

Have questions? Please download the “How to Refer a Student” info sheet (quick link above). It’s a one page document that includes a summary of our eligibility guidelines and detailed instructions for filling out our referral form. Download our English/Spanish outreach flyer (quick link above), which prints 3 to a sheet and can be copied double-sided, to distribute to families in your community who might be interested in visiting Clothes To Kids.

* The person making a referral may also set an appointment on behalf of families if needed. When it is not possible for a parent/guardian to shop for a student, we invite other family members or representatives from a referring agency to bring the students to shop, or shop on the family’s behalf. Examples of people who can bring a student to shop include a court appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteer, a Guardian ad litem (GAL), a child-protection worker, a mentor or a representative from one of the referral sources listed above. Please see our Shopping FAQs for more information.

**In some circumstances, it may be necessary to scan and email a referral form to Clothes To Kids for a family. Emailed referrals should be sent to info@clothestokidsdenver.org and include a note with the family’s appointment day and time in the body of the email. Please do not send referral forms for families who have not yet made an appointment or for families that are able to bring their form with them.