Park City Community Foundation is excited to share that Park City’s new childcare program is now providing needs-based scholarships to local families and providers. Early Childhood Alliance, a community initiative of Park City Community Foundation, played a pivotal role in advocating for and guiding the development of the program, and we are hopeful these funds will help to alleviate some financial stress of local families and providers.
The program, a partnership between Park City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Upwards, is being launched as Covid-era stabilization grants were cut at the end of September, putting childcare providers at risk of closing and/or raising tuition to make up for the loss in federal funding. The goals of these funds are to prop up our local providers and help ensure that families are not paying more than 10% of their income towards childcare. PCMC approved $1 million in one-time funding after local families, providers, and advocates asked for childcare support. Early Childhood Alliance put together a needs assessment and created the Park City Cares About Kids proposal that ultimately led to the development of the program’s three-fold approach:
Scholarships and childcare-provider payments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis each month as of January 1, 2024 and will be distributed directly to regulated childcare providers by Upwards. The company was chosen for its user-friendly technology, demonstrated success in streamlining childcare operations, and expertise in the space. The administration fees for Upwards are being covered by Park City Community Foundation, ensuring the full $1 million investment from PCMC is going directly to families and providers.
The launch of the program is welcome news as the vast majority of working families in Park City report that childcare issues have negatively impacted their employment. The Park City Childcare Needs Assessment revealed that 83% of Park City parents with children ages 0-5 rely on some form of childcare to participate in the workforce. Concurrently, childcare costs have increased by 32% nationwide since 2019.
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