(Denver, CO) Today, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), in partnership with PepsiCo, convened a roundtable in Denver to discuss the inherent relationship between the access to affordable, high-quality child care and business success. When working parents and their children have such care, businesses reap the benefits of an effective and stable work force. The event, held from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. MT at Clayton Early Learning, featured child care advocates, parents, providers, policy makers, and members of the local business community.
- The Honorable Crisanta Duran, Colorado Speaker of the House (opening remarks)
- The Honorable Paul Lopez, Denver City Councilmember
- Anna Robinson, Parent
- Charlotte Brantley, President and CEO of Clayton Early Learning
- Princess Mack, Advocate, Co-chair of Young Child Wellness Council Project Launch
- Burnie Zercher, President & CEO of Industrial Construction/Managers, Inc.
- The Honorable Beth Martinez Humenik, Colorado State Senator
The following is a quote by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center:
“The National Women’s Law Center is excited to partner with PepsiCo in Colorado to stimulate conversations about strategies to expand working parents’ access to affordable, high-quality child care. Ensuring that parents can work and their children have a strong start is a smart investment that strengthens the country’s economy.”
The following is a quote by Kenny Thompson, Senior Director of Government and External Affairs, PepsiCo:
“We at PepsiCo are thrilled to be partnering with the National Women’s Law Center to elevate this issue and highlight the importance of access to high-quality, affordable child care to support both our current and future workforce. We hope these conversations and new connections will continue here in Denver among child care advocates and the business community, and ultimately facilitate forward progress on this issue driving better outcome for families, workers, and the economy.”
The roundtable also highlighted some key statistics about the state of child care in Colorado:
- $14,950 – Average annual cost of center-based infant care in Colorado
- $33,264 – Colorado’s lowest income eligibility limit for a family of three to qualify for child care assistance (13 counties have this eligibility limit)
- $46,368 – Colorado’s highest income eligibility limit for a family of three to qualify for child care assistance (Huerfano County)
- $12.82 – Average hourly wage for child care teachers in Colorado – on par with parking lot attendants and doggy day care
- 2% – Percent of children eligible for child care subsidies (CCCAP) in Colorado currently that receive them at some level throughout a year
- $44.37 million – Potential increase in state’s economy if child care costs did not exceed more than 10 percent of family income
- 405,000 – Approximate number of Colorado children under the age of six
- $578 – Monthly reimbursement rate for center care for a four-year-old in El Paso, more than $450 below the federally recommended rate for this type of care
- $738 – Monthly reimbursement rate for center care for a one-year-old in El Paso, a full $430 below the federally recommended rate
This roundtable convening was made possible through generous support from PepsiCo, with an eye toward raising awareness of the urgent need to expand investments to support access to high-quality child care and bringing a diverse set of local stakeholder voices together to advance this issue.
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.