Child care funding in Colorado has fallen behind by $54 million

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One of the greatest barriers to employment for low-income families is the cost of child care. The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides vital support for thousands of families across the state by making child care more affordable so low-income parents can work. Affordable child care is a critical two-generation poverty reduction strategy. Funding for CCCAP, however, has failed to keep pace with the growing need for affordable child care across the state.

Study highlights:

  • Underfunding for CCCAP totals $53.9 million.
  • Program enrollment, provider reimbursement rates and general fund appropriations have fallen behind historical benchmarks.