Half of Coloradans Lives in A Day Care Desert. Here’s How That’s Straining One Mountain Community.

The Colorado Sun  | Shannon Najmabadi

“More than half of Colorado’s population lives in a day care desert, and the shortage of licensed care has intensified as the pandemic decimated underfunded providers and forced many parents to leave the workforce to watch their kids.”

In some Colorado towns, there are limited child care services which have forced many parents to leave the workforce to watch their kids. It is also difficult to find child care providers when housing prices in rural areas have drastically increased, which has made it more challenging to retain child care programs. In Routt County, Little Lambs Daycare shares their stories and how they operate in a child care desert.

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