Quality Childcare is NOT Expensive… IT'S PRICELESS!
When we talk about the true cost of childcare, we’re talking about the amount that is needed in order to pay teachers a livable wage, provide benefits, and to run a quality program without relying on fund-raising events and grants or charging parents the entire cost just to make the budget.
Families with young children are often on very tight budgets; they may not be able to afford good programs even when fees are kept artificially low. At the same time programs find it difficult to raise fees to parents that truly reflect the cost of providing good childcare. They worry about the children who might then lose their quality childcare.
Childcare Aware http://usa.childcareaware.org, just released a new report on the cost of childcare by state; including recommendations about how to better support families and early childhood programs.
How the City of Aspen Funding helps:
Kids First and the programs, funding and services we provide are funded through a City of Aspen .45% sales tax for affordable housing and childcare! This tax was originally passed in 1990 and renewed in 1999 and 2008. Aspen is one of a handful of communities in the country to dedicate local tax dollars to its early childhood programs.
- Much of Kids First funding supports infant and toddler programs with operating funding to provide this much needed, important, and costly care. Children from birth to age 3 need constant attention, care and nurturing. Group size and ratios must be small to insure good care, and people with the special education and skills to care for these smallest children are difficult to find and to pay sufficiently to keep.
- Over $365,000 is budgeted to help qualifying families pay for licensed childcare in 2017 and over 50 families receive help to meet their childcare costs. These are working families that make more than the maximum allowed for human services childcare assistance funding, and who would otherwise be paying more for childcare than the cost of college education or possibly their housing cost!
Visit other pages on our website to learn about more ways that Kids First and the City of Aspen support childcare programs and families, or call us at 970-920-5363. We look forward to talking with you.