About Kids First

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Kids First is your local resource for early childhood education; we are also your connection to regional, state, and national efforts to support young children and their families.
Kids First began in 1990, and is funded by a dedicated sales tax in the City of Aspen. That tax is .45% and supports affordable housing and childcare. This amounts to less than half a penny for every dollar spent in Aspen. Childcare receives a portion of this tax fund.
The tax has been renewed 3 times by the voters, and is in place until 2038. Kids First is a department of the City of Aspen. We have a community based advisory board that helps us respond to community needs and makes recommendations to the Aspen City Council.
To find out more about this funding, or the programs that provide for the community, please contact me at: 970-920-5370 or Shirley Ritter.