Life In A Child Care Desert: What One Denver Neighborhood Can Teach Us About Solving A National Problem
Licensed child care — particularly for children 3 and younger — is hard to come by here. The problem is so pronounced, the neighborhood has won an unwelcome designation: Child care desert. Put simply, it’s a place where the number of small children far exceeds the number of licensed child care slots.
But a slate of recent efforts could help Elyria-Swansea shed the label — and hold implications for other communities grappling with the problem.
The initiatives, which use both public and private money, include training for informal providers like Montellano, efforts to better match home-based child care slots with families and attempts to bring new child care centers to the area.