Marci Krivonen

In the Midvalley, it’s not uncommon for parents to add their child’s name to a waitlist at a childcare center long before the baby’s born. Michelle Oger directs Blue Lake Preschool.

“Several moms calls us once they find out that they’re expecting, to get on the waitlist even before they tell their spouse or extended family. They ask that we keep it a secret until they announce it to everybody else.” 

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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.