Colorado has the fifth highest cost of childcare for infants. According to a report released last Fall, families fork over more than $12,000 a year to put their baby in a childcare center. In the Roaring Fork Valley, that amount skyrockets to more than $17,000 annually. It’s comparable to college tuition. One Aspen center is working to make childcare more affordable. Shirley Ritter is the Director of Kids First, which uses Aspen sales tax revenue to offer financial aid for families. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.
Shirley Ritter is the Director of Kids First, a childcare center in the Yellow Brick building in Aspen. The organization offers financial aid to families who either live or work in the Aspen area. The deadline to apply is February 1st.