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‘The Workforce Behind The Workforce’: Confronting Colorado’s Critical Child Care Staffing Shortage

Colorado doesn’t have enough people to take care of children while parents work. The number of children under age four in Colorado is expected to increase 10 percent over the next two years and 22 percent by 2026.

“It’s going to take a robust workforce to be able to staff all of that,” said Heather Hanna, deputy director, of the Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance. 

The hurdles are massive. Not only is the pay low with challenging working conditions, but there are education requirements for the job, backed by brain science, to reflect the complexity of the job. Many child care workers struggle to access that training through traditional higher education pathways while working demanding jobs.

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