We have a serious shortage of infant childcare spaces.
Since 2010, the state has lost nearly 200 licensed childcare homes each year, resulting in over 7,300 infant spaces lost.
Colorado in general, and our community specifically, faces a shortage of infant childcare. The state is working on a strategic plan, and we are working on local efforts to address this need.
In the past year Kids First has held focus groups and distributed a survey to help determine the details of what is needed. We have shared those results, and work regionally with our partners to advocate for solutions. I hope this is a continuing conversation and that collectively we will work to remove barriers and to advocate at all levels to improve how we provide care to young children and their families. Thank you for your time and comments!
To be considered to operate the CMC infant center, please submit a plan that outlines the following:
Name and address
Experience, qualifications, and resume
Hours and days of care
Staffing schedule / child ratios
Staff training and qualifications
Operating budget that includes fees, compensation and other revenues and expenses
Timetable for opening and steps leading up to that date
Plans to accept CCCAP, Kids First financial aid, and other Kids First funding
Explanation for how the provider will meet the community needs for infant care
Curriculum, philosophy, and policies
Metrics used to measure success
Colorado Shines participation
Proposals should be submitted to: Shirley Ritter electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proposals are due no later than 4:00 PM, December 1, 2021.