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Colorado Newsline: Affordable child care is the key to economic freedom and prosperity for women

It’s often said that everyone depends on someone who depends on child care.

Thousands of women across Colorado count on child care so they can go to work to improve the lives and futures of their families. It allows them to contribute to their communities, provide their children with the social, emotional, and physical benefits of quality child care, and ensure Colorado businesses have the talented employees they depend on to prosper.

Even with these significant gains, Colorado is still one of the top states with the highest number of job vacancies per capita, according to the Colorado Chamber of Commerce. This shouldn’t be a surprise when Colorado has the fifth highest child care costs in the nation. We cannot expect to fill these vacancies without addressing the underlying causes that prevent women from entering the workforce. A recent pollfound that 1 in 3 Coloradans either left a job, cut their work hours, or did not enter the workforce at all due to the high cost of child care. This was true for 40% of women compared to 25% of men.

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