Contribute to Creating Childcare for our Community

There is currently State funding available to increase childcare capacity!

Kids First is looking for a qualified operator to run a small infant childcare center serving 8 infants. 

The City of Aspen is renovating a classroom at CMC in Aspen that will include indoor and outdoor learning environments for infants. The space will be ready to open this winter.

We encourage proposals from all qualified childcare operators. Proposals from private entities currently providing childcare services in other locations are encouraged, as are proposals from non-profit entities currently providing services in other locations. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the Kids First Advisory Board.

The provider must be licensed and will enter into a lease with the City of Aspen for the space. Also required will be proof of worker's compensation and general liability insurance with combined single limits of not less than $1,000,000.

Proposals will be evaluated based on how the proposal satisfies the Goals and on the strength of the overall proposal.  We will not discriminate based on physical ability, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay.

Program priority will be to meet the needs of working families in the Aspen Urban Growth Boundary. Program priority will be given for CMC staff and students (up to 3 spaces). The City of Aspen reserves the right to reject any or all proposals at its sole discretion, to consider alternatives and to waive any informalities in the proposal process.

For more information contact: shirley.ritter@cityofaspen.com 

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We have a serious shortage of infant childcare spaces.

Since 2010, the state has lost nearly 200 licensed childcare homes each year, resulting in over 7,300 infant spaces lost.

Colorado in general, and our community specifically, faces a shortage of infant childcare. The state is working on a strategic plan, and we are working on local efforts to address this need.

In the past year Kids First has held focus groups and distributed a survey to help determine the details of what is needed. We have shared those results, and work regionally with our partners to advocate for solutions. I hope this is a continuing conversation and that collectively we will work to remove barriers and to advocate at all levels to improve how we provide care to young children and their families. Thank you for your time and comments!

Qualifications

To be considered to operate the CMC infant center, please submit a plan that outlines the following:

  1. Name and address
  2. Experience, qualifications, and resume
  3. Hours and days of care
  4. Staffing schedule / child ratios
  5. Staff training and qualifications
  6. Operating budget that includes fees, compensation and other revenues and expenses
  7. Timetable for opening and steps leading up to that date
  8. Plans to accept CCCAP, Kids First financial aid, and other Kids First funding
  9. Explanation for how the provider will meet the community needs for infant care
  10. Curriculum, philosophy, and policies
  11. Metrics used to measure success
  12. Colorado Shines participation

Proposals should be submitted to: Shirley Ritter electronically at shirley.ritter@cityofaspen.com.  Proposals are due no later than 4:00 PM, December 1, 2021.