The cost of childcare in Pitkin County matches that of a mortgage. For families that can’t dole out the funds, there is government assistance available.
About 40 families currently receive financial aid from the City of Aspen, funded by sales tax revenue. The Kids First department is now accepting applications for additional families in need. This year, there is $345,000 to give.
For some families, the cost of childcare is so close to a parent’s wages that they end up staying home with their kids.
“Without childcare they wouldn’t be able to work, so it’s definitely a workforce issue,” said Cecelia Martin, Kids First financial aid coordinator.
The city will pay a portion of the tuition based on a sliding scale. To qualify, a family of four that needs childcare five days a week can’t earn more than $100,000 per year. Applications are being accepted through November 1st.
Click here to calculate if you qualify for childcare assistance.