Thriving families are good for business.

Early childhood education is an investment that provides short and long term benefits for our kids, families and local businesses.

How does early childhood education impact our local workforce and businesses?

Every state dollar invested in early childhood programs yields a return on investment of almost $8.80. It also reduces juvenile crime and healthcare costs, and helps create a more capable and reliable workforce.

Kids who do not receive early education are less likely to graduate high school, and may have difficulty learning new skills, which leaves them under-prepared and under-qualified for joining the workforce.

Supporting early childhood education can help our local businesses attract and retain a workforce that is present, prepared and productive. Because many mountain families can’t access or afford early childhood education programs, some parents are forced to stay home with their kids rather than work (or reduce the number of hours they work outside the home),  which makes it more difficult for employers to adequately staff their businesses. Constantly having to find, hire and train new employees is a burden for our local businesses and a drain on our economy.

Parents who have no choice but to work may experience stress, worry or anxiety about their child’s development, which can cause them to be distracted on the job, or lead to workplace absences and potential job loss.

Some families will be forced to move away from Eagle County because they can’t afford the cost of early childhood education combined with the high cost of living here, or they simply can’t find ANY available childcare options because even the unlicensed programs are at capacity. This situation undermines our families, our communities and our businesses.

Investments in early childhood education will have immediate and long-term positive impacts on our mountain communities by creating a better-educated, more capable workforce, and empowering parents to return to work sooner and contribute to the economy more reliably.

What can we do?

SHARE: We want to hear from you! Share your family’s stories, ideas and concerns with us. Visit the Share Your Story page to tell us how the high cost and limited access to early childhood education programs has affected you.

FOLLOW: Join in the conversation by following @OurMtnFamilies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

TALK: Speak with your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and local business owners about the need for, and benefits of, more early childhood education programs in Eagle County. Visit the Our Community page for a toolkit of resources!

Let’s work together to support our working families.