ERIC Number: ED397969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Business Commission on Child Care Financing, Report.
Colorado State Dept. of Human Services, Denver. Div. of Child Care.
This report examines child care from a business perspective and proposes methods to help finance affordable, accessible, and high-quality child care in Colorado. The Commission's procedures are described, and data summaries are included. The following 12 recommendations are made: (1) establish model planning and zoning programs to increase and impact child care supply; (2) develop and distribute business-oriented resource guides describing child care employee benefit options; (3) design, implement, and distribute packets of model child care programs that can be replicated or adapted by employers of varying sizes and organizational structures; (4) establish a multi-bank community development corporation to provide loans and other financial assistance to child care providers; (5) develop and distribute child care consumer guides for parents; (6) restructure the current Colorado Enterprise Zone Child Care Contribution Program to improve child care availability, quality, and affordability; (7) initiate legislation to establish a voluntary child care check-off on state income tax returns to fund quality enhancement in licensed child care facilities through a dedicated funding source; (8) initiate a refundable child care income tax credit for families to assist them in paying for licensed child care; (9) initiate a change in property tax assessment rates to allow child care facilities to be taxed at the residential rate rather than at the commercial rate; (10) develop policies providing for the utilization of existing public educational buildings for child care programs; (11) convene a governor's statewide summit on business and child care; and (12) create a permanent Business and Child Care Commission. (Contains 35 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: Business, Children, Community Development, Community Resources, Costs, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Employed Parents, Finance Reform, Financial Support, Parent Materials, Parents, Property Taxes, Resource Materials, School Buildings, Tax Credits
Division of Child Care, Colorado Department of Human Services, 1575 Sherman Street, First Floor, Denver, CO 80203.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Human Services, Denver. Div. of Child Care.
Identifiers: Colorado; Community Development Corporations; Enterprise Zones; Families and Work Institute; Income Tax Check Offs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development (5th, Minneapolis, MN, June 5-8, 1996).