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ERIC Number: ED539114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Child Care: An Investment in Families, an Investment in Colorado's Economy
Bianchi, Jon-Paul
Colorado Children's Campaign
In order for families to support themselves, parents must have access to jobs and the ability to consistently go to work to keep them. Current economic hardships highlight even more clearly this critical connection. One barrier that prevents many working parents from maintaining employment and supporting their families is access to child care. A strong child care industry is a cornerstone not only of these families, but of Colorado's economic development and prosperity. As child care capacity is decreasing in Colorado, the population of eligible children is increasing. This equation has negative ramifications for both families and the state. Research shows that investment in quality child care and early education has positive effects on economic development in both the short and long term and can mitigate some of the negative potential outcomes of a critical shortage. Parents are able to work and sustain their families when they have access to care, and children receive the appropriate support to prepare them to succeed as working citizens of Colorado. Investment in high-quality early care and education is most beneficial as a preventative measure, as opposed to when it is too late and costly to change the course of a child's development. (Contains 29 endnotes.)
Colorado Children's Campaign. 1580 Lincoln Street Suite 420, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-839-1580; Fax: 303-839-1354; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado Children's Campaign
Identifiers - Location: Colorado