The average cost of child and infant care in Colorado is higher than the annual cost of in-state college tuition. Moreover, in our state, the majority of families have both parents in the workforce yet statewide there is a child care shortage.
As a pediatrician, I can attest that quality early childcare promotes language skills, social skills and helps to build emotional well-being. The fact that working families are facing high child care costs and a deficit of licensed child care slots across the state is both alarming and unacceptable.
Sens. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have joined Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) to introduce the Child Care Workforce & Facilities Act. As a Save the Children Action Network advocate, I strongly encourage Sens. Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennett (D) to co-sponsor this bill.