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Moonlight Monday: Chaffee County Childcare Initiative
10% of the day’s total sales will be donated to: Chaffee County Childcare Initiative
CCCI is a project to ensure accessible childcare for families of Chaffee County. It is currently being set up as an independent non-profit and is expected to receive it’s own 501(c)3 status in April 2019.
The lack of child care in Chaffee County has been a long standing challenge for residents. There are a number of established childcare and in-home childcare providers in Chaffee County, but they are minimally meeting the needs of families. Most of these providers have “waitlists” that exceed two years. According to the Colorado State Demographer, Chaffee has 300 children under the age of one. However, the county only has 10 licensed child care slots to serve these infants. Therefore, even though there are some childcare providers, it is clearly not meeting the need in our community. In November 2018, Mountain Kids announced they would be closing, which is detrimental to the community. During this time, Alpine Achievers Initiative (AAI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, connect and nurture youth, families and communities in rural Colorado, decided that we have the resources, capacity and knowledge to try and support opening up a new child care center.