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City leaders meet to discuss local child care shortage

City leaders meet to discuss local child care shortage

(COLORADO SPRINGS) — On Thursday, May 9, Colorado Springs elected officials, business and community leaders will gather, along with early childhood education professionals, to discuss the lack of child care options children in the city.

The United Way of Pikes Peak and Joint Youth and Family Initiatives host their first Family Friendly Cities Summit to address the child care challenges currently facing Colorado Springs, including a child care crisis -work in the field of childcare.


“Early childhood education programs are the backbone of our community,” said SherryLynn Boyles, CEO of Joint Initiatives. “Economic indicators show that our local economy depends on the availability of child care. We know that a significant number of people are leaving the workforce due to child care. Although we have 430 licensed child care centers in the county, most of our community is a child care desert.

Several prominent local figures will speak at the summit, including Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade, Colorado Springs Chamber President and CEO Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer; Director of the Colorado Council for a Strong America; Mr. Michael Cook and UCCS Business Dean, Dr. Tommy Aicher.

Data shows that of the county’s 46,842 children, 17,452 are enrolled in child care programs. But the needs of many families are not being met. Around 16,000 additional nursery places would be needed.

“Finding child care is a huge challenge in our area,” said Cindy Aubrey, CEO of Pikes Peak United Way. “We have spoken with employers who have lost employees and who fear losing even more due to the lack of quality child care. »

The Family City Summit will be held at Penrose House Pavilion, 1661 Mesa Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will take place by invitation only.