Increasing Colorado families’ access to affordable child care will require action from government, business and philanthropy, according to a new report from The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Qualistar Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Campaign.
After a year of investigation into the high price of child care in Colorado, the three organizations have outlined six strategies to ensure more Colorado families can access the quality care they need to work and ensure kids have the stimulating experiences they need to learn and grow.
“Our recommendations for increasing access to affordable care cross all sectors of our state because the issue of affordable child care is one that impacts so many Coloradans,” said Louise Myrland, Vice President of Community Investments and Initiatives at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. “After a year of research, we found the answers to the affordability question were complex and nuanced. That’s why we are asking for solutions from the public and private sectors at the national, state and local levels. Everyone needs to bring something to the table, including policy makers, business leaders and advocates.”
The recommendations include increasing access to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), expanding innovative local initiatives, increasing federal investments in affordable care, calling on business to adopt family-friendly policies, exploring innovative ways to increase administrative efficiencies and increase outreach to families.
The new report, “Child Care Affordability in Colorado: An Investigation into Child Care Costs and Recommended Strategies for Improving Affordability,” summarized findings from previous reports and included new findings after analyzing the affordability of child care in Colorado counties compared to standards for self-sufficiency. Click here to download a copy of the report and graphics.