Despite Predictions, Fewer Colorado Child Care Providers Closed Permanently During the Pandemic — But the Struggle Continues

Chalkbeat Colorado | Ann Schimke

“One of the fears now is that child care may not be a field that anyone wants to enter,” said Suzanne Delap of Early Milestones. “It’s become less attractive because of COVID. The issues were exacerbated and I think it’s no longer just attrition… We’re going to have a hard time developing.” 

Early in the pandemic, national researched predicted that as many as 40% of child care centers would close permanently due to the financial strain caused by COVID-related closures. In Colorado, the closure rate was only 7% between April 2020 and March 2021. Chalkbeat’s Ann Schimke explores the factors that helped Colorado child care providers weather the storm.

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