The Childcare Coalition works to implement the following vision:
We create, invest in, and implement a sustainable early childhood care and education system, for ages birth – five, in order to make Lake County a great place to raise a family and support a thriving future for our whole community.
Why the Work Matters
As Lake County parents of young children know all too well, Lake County currently has no licensed child care seats for children under 3 years of age–and not enough seats to serve the need for children 3-5 years of age.
In a survey of 135 local families, families said the following:
“We are struggling to meet work demands and be home with our child. I cannot imagine the hardships many others are facing.“
“In general, childcare in Lake County is cost prohibitive compared to the availability of good-paying jobs. In the first few years of living here, there was not a job available that would offset the cost of quality childcare.“
“We may have to move out of Leadville due to the lack of childcare availability.”
“We need childcare to support working mothers!“
In January, 2021, LCBAG, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and Department of Human Services moved quickly to better understand the issue of child care, developing and distributing a survey through text message, social media, and email (with a $25 gift card as an incentive). In two weeks, 135 families took the survey. In February 2021, 33 people— including childcare providers, parents, and representatives from state and local regulatory agencies—held a strategic planning session to review the survey results and imagine a more sustainable childcare system in Lake County. To read about the goals that emerged from this strategic planning session, go here.
To join us
If you care about early childhood services, your presence is welcome! Please reach out to Hannah Guilford, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about upcoming meetings and other ways to get involved.