In 2019, Early Milestones Colorado contracted with APA Consulting (APA), an independent education policy research firm, to conduct a study of child care compensation in Summit County, Colorado. APA began its work by reviewing the characteristics of the county, including existing tax revenue sources, the currently high health care costs, high housing costs, and shortage of available child care slots. APA also reviewed the existing unique funding mechanisms and policy innovations to support child care in the county, including universal prekindergarten funding passed in fall 2018 by county voters, Right Start funding, and a Town of Breckenridge program to subsidize parent tuition and early childhood education teacher salaries. APA also spoke to a number of important players in Summit County child care, including staff and the board from Early Childhood Options, representatives from County and town governments, leaders at the Summit County School District, and the executive director of the Summit Foundation. APA also conducted cost collection interviews with several child care centers and family care homes in order to better understand the revenues and cost pressures such providers face in order to remain in business and to understand barriers that aspiring new providers face to enter the Summit County child care market and to expand existing child care options for parents. (author abstract)
Early childhood education compensation in Summit County, Colorado [Executive summary]
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