Share your perspective on Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage

Written by: Jacy Montoya Price
Date Posted: July 12, 2019

Join the Raise Colorado coalition for one of two discussions of Senate Bill 19-063 (SB 63) and its requirement that Colorado create an Infant and Family Child Care Action Plan. The meetings will include a presentation of the SB 63 process by Kristen Lang of the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and a facilitated discussion of the barriers and solutions to Colorado’s infant and family child care shortage. Identical meetings will be held:

  • Monday, July 29 in the PCL Room at Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West – RSVP at bit.ly/sb63meeting.

Coffee and a light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 am, and the meeting will start promptly at 9:00. (Due to the collaborative nature of this meeting, we highly recommend attending in person. If this is not possible for you, we will also have a video/phone conference option (Zoom) available.)

The Colorado legislature passed SB 63 in 2019 as an effort to address Colorado’s dramatic loss of family and infant child care. Since 2010, the state has experienced a decline of 1,582 family child care homes, with an average of approximately 200 family child care homes closing each year. Because infant child care is more often provided in family child care homes than in child care centers, the decline of family child care homes has resulted in more than 7,300 fewer infant slots in the state in 2018 than in 2010. As a parent, provider, advocate, educator or other interested party, your perspective will ensure that the SB 63 report that is delivered to the Colorado General Assembly on December 1, 2019 is as robust and solution-focused as possible. We hope you can join the discussion! Contact Kayla Frawley with questions at kfrawley@claytonearlylearning.org.

 

Jacy Montoya Price

About Jacy Montoya Price

Jacy serves as the Community Groups Coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she plans and implements our annual Speak Up for Kids day at the capitol and manages our social media sites. Jacy previously served as the executive director and co-founder of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), a sisterhood of Latinas dedicated to building a movement of Latinas, their families, and allies through leadership development, organizing, and advocacy to create opportunity and achieve reproductive justice. Trained as an urban planner, Jacy has also worked in local government, creating policies and programs to foster more sustainable communities that are accessible for all residents. A Colorado native, Jacy lives in northwest Denver with her husband, two children and their two cats.